concise

[ kuhn-sahys ]
/ kənˈsaɪs /

adjective

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

con·cise·ly, adverb

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.
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concise

/ (kənˈsaɪs) /

adjective

expressing much in few words; brief and to the point

Derived Forms

concisely, adverbconciseness, noun

Word Origin for concise

C16: from Latin concīsus cut up, cut short, from concīdere to cut to pieces, from caedere to cut, strike down
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