- 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
Examples from the Web for incisively
“Then you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” he said incisively.The Secret Agent
The Baron's eye-glasses dropped from his nose, and he spoke sharply and incisively.The Eternal City
They are heavy and rather fruity in effect but are incisively drawn and cut.John Baptist Jackson
"He's got a good many points in his favor," said Watts, incisively.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
"That is their fault; not ours," Lucy Warner said incisively.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
- keen, penetrating, or acute
- biting or sarcastic; mordantan incisive remark
- having a sharp cutting edgeincisive teeth
Word Origin and History for incisively
early 15c., inscisif, "slashing, cutting with a sharp edge," from Middle French incisif and directly from Medieval Latin incisivus, from Latin incis-, past participle stem of incidere (see incision). Originally literal; figurative sense of "mentally acute" first recorded 1850 as a borrowing from French. Related: Incisively; incisiveness.
- Having the power to cut.
- Relating to the incisor teeth.