conciseness

[kuhn-sahys-nis]

noun

the quality of being concise.

Origin of conciseness

First recorded in 1650–60; concise + -ness

Synonyms for conciseness

Synonym study

See brevity.
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Word Origin and History for conciseness
n.

"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

Culture definitions for conciseness

conciseness

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.)

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