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[kuh n-sahys-nis] /kənˈsaɪs nɪs/
the quality of being concise.
Origin of conciseness
First recorded in 1650-60; concise + -ness
terseness, pithiness.
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See brevity. Unabridged
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"expression of much in few words," 1650s, from concise + -ness.

[Conciseness] is the English word familiar to the ordinary man: concision is the LITERARY CRITIC'S WORD, more recent in English, used by writers under French influence & often requiring the reader to stop & think whether he knows its meaning. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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conciseness in Culture

conciseness definition

Economy in writing or speaking. “Bill loves to go to the movies because watching films is a real pleasure to him” is not as concise as “Bill loves to watch movies.” (Compare circumlocution.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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