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succinct

[suh k-singkt]
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adjective
  1. expressed in few words; concise; terse.
  2. characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.
  3. compressed into a small area, scope, or compass.
  4. Archaic.
    1. drawn up, as by a girdle.
    2. close-fitting.
    3. encircled, as by a girdle.

Origin of succinct

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin succinctus, past participle of succingere to gird, gather up (one's clothes), prepare for action, equivalent to suc- suc- + cing(ere) to gird, equip + -tus past participle suffix
Related formssuc·cinct·ly, adverbsuc·cinct·ness, nounun·suc·cinct, adjectiveun·suc·cinct·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1, 2. See concise.
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Examples from the Web for succinctness

Historical Examples

  • Renan describes it with peculiar clearness and succinctness.

    The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)

    Walter M. Chandler

  • Because of its succinctness, this sentence needs a little explanation.

  • This elementary means of portrayal has the obvious advantage of succinctness.

  • The beauty and charm of form lie greatly in its bringing ideas closer together, and succinctness implies fulness of thought.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

  • General Grosvenor commences with an exordium eloquent in succinctness and noble in generosity.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs


British Dictionary definitions for succinctness

succinct

adjective
  1. marked by brevity and clarity; concise
  2. compressed into a small area
  3. archaic
    1. encircled by or as if by a girdle
    2. drawn up tightly; closely fitting
Derived Formssuccinctly, adverbsuccinctness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin succinctus girt about, from succingere to gird from below, from sub- from below + cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for succinctness

succinct

adj.

early 15c., "having one's belt fastened tightly," from Middle French succincte, from Latin succinctus "prepared, ready, contracted, short," past participle of succingere "tuck up (clothes for action), gird from below," from sub "up from under" (see sub-) + cingere "to gird" (see cinch). Sense of "brief, concise" first recorded early 15c.

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