[ in-sahy-siv ]
/ ɪnˈsaɪ sɪv /


penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant: an incisive tone of voice.
remarkably clear and direct; sharp; keen; acute: an incisive method of summarizing the issue.
adapted for cutting or piercing.
of or relating to the incisors: the incisive teeth.

Origin of incisive

From the Medieval Latin word incīsīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See incise, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for incisive

/ (ɪnˈsaɪsɪv) /


keen, penetrating, or acute
biting or sarcastic; mordantan incisive remark
having a sharp cutting edgeincisive teeth

Derived forms of incisive

incisively, adverbincisiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for incisive

[ ĭn-sīsĭv ]


Having the power to cut.
Relating to the incisor teeth.
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