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concise

[kuhn-sahys]
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adjective
  1. 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.
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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 formscon·cise·ly, adverb

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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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Related Words for concise

terse, pithy, succinct, brief, compact, compendious, condensed, curt, epigrammatic, laconic, lean, meaty, summary, abridged, compressed, synoptic

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British Dictionary definitions for concise

concise

adjective
  1. expressing much in few words; brief and to the point
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Derived Formsconcisely, 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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Word Origin and History for concise

adj.

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.

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