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[kuh n-sahys] /kənˈsaɪs/
expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope; succinct; terse:
a concise explanation of the company's retirement plan.
Origin of concise
1580-90; < Latin concīsus cut short (past participle of concīdere), equivalent to con- con- + -cīd- (combining form of caedere to cut) + -tus past participle ending
Related forms
concisely, adverb
pithy, compendious, laconic.
Synonym Study
Concise, succinct, terse all refer to speech or writing that uses few words to say much. Concise usually implies that unnecessary details or verbiage have been eliminated from a more wordy statement: a concise summary of the speech. Succinct, on the other hand, implies that the message is as originally composed and is expressed in as few words as possible: a succinct statement of the problem. Terse sometimes suggests brevity combined with wit or polish to produce particularly effective expression: a terse, almost aphoristic, style. It may also suggest brusqueness or curtness: a terse reply that was almost rude. Unabridged
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  • He answered the questions put to him clearly, concisely—with the most profound indifference.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Uncle Israel, as Dick concisely expressed it, was “pie for the cranks.”

  • They are taught in the maxims with a great variety of application, and nowhere so concisely summarised as in one of them.

    Maxims and Reflections Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • "I've rather got to count on you in this thing, Dennison," he said concisely.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • "I hope it will prove as you anticipate," put in John Allandale, concisely.

  • When he decided to speak it was with rapid enunciation, but clearly and concisely.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And this concisely expresses the feeling with which a wearied man may seek his holiday in such an island as this.

    Scottish Loch Scenery Thomas A. Croal
  • I shall give an account of one or two of these feasts as concisely as I can.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
British Dictionary definitions for concisely


expressing much in few words; brief and to the point
Derived Forms
concisely, adverb
conciseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin concīsus cut up, cut short, from concīdere to cut to pieces, from caedere to cut, strike down
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Word Origin and History for concisely



1580s, from Latin concisus "cut off, brief," past participle of concidere "to cut off, cut up, cut through, cut to pieces," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Related: Concisely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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