[ in-sahy-siv ]
/ ɪnˈsaɪ sɪv /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM incisive
in·ci·sive·ly, adverbin·ci·sive·ness, nounun·in·ci·sive, adjectiveun·in·ci·sive·ly, adverb
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How to use incisive in a sentence
Griswold's companion spoke to him earnestly in a low tone for a moment, and then Griswold addressed Ardmore incisively.The Little Brown Jug at Kildare|Meredith Nicholson
He spoke incisively and bitterly, and he was obviously excited, but he affected his usual composure.The Eternal City|Hall Caine
He stopped a moment as if for breath, and then went on again, hurling out his words incisively while his eyes snapped.Thrice Armed|Harold Bindloss
Mr. Barnes took the tidbit from his fork with a smile that showed his teeth as they bit it incisively.An Artist in Crime|Rodrigues Ottolengui
"It is not a fair catch," broke in the executive officer incisively.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service|H. Irving Hancock
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 incisiveincisively, adverbincisiveness, noun
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