- 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
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pithy, compendious, laconic.
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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Examples from the Web for concisely
I realize now that I spoke to her in paragraphs, babbling on and on, while she talked sparingly but concisely.Marilyn and Me: On the 50th Anniversary of Monroe’s Death
August 5, 2012
He's a very clear writer who can concisely outline large problems without oversimplifying their consequence.Chuck Klosterman's Book Bag
April 14, 2009
When he decided to speak it was with rapid enunciation, but clearly and concisely.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
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
The response of the queen is concisely given by La Place, the Hist.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
He told her briefly and concisely of the attack, and what he proposed to do.Susy, A Story of the Plains
“You can search me,” answered Harlan, concisely, fumbling for a match.At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
- expressing much in few words; brief and to the point
C16: from Latin concīsus cut up, cut short, from concīdere to cut to pieces, from caedere to cut, strike down
Word Origin and History for concisely
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