[ kuh n-sizh-uh n ]
/ kənˈsɪʒ ən /


concise quality; brevity; terseness.
Archaic. a cutting up or off; mutilation.

Origin of concision

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin concīsiōn- (stem of concīsiō), equivalent to concīs(us) concise + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·con·ci·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concision


/ (kənˈsɪʒən) /


the quality of being concise; brevity; terseness
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Word Origin and History for concision



late 14c., "cutting away, mutilation," also, from 16c., "circumcision," from Latin concisionem "a separation into divisions," literally "a cutting up," noun of action from past participle stem of concidere "to cut up" (see concise). From 18c. it began to be used in the sense of conciseness (q.v.).

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