SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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
dating back to
-ive Related forms in·ci·sive·ly, adverb in·ci·sive·ness, noun un·in·ci·sive, adjective un·in·ci·sive·ly, adverb un·in·ci·sive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for incisively Historical Examples of incisively
“Then you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” he said
The Baron's eye-glasses dropped from his nose, and he spoke sharply and
They are heavy and rather fruity in effect but are
incisively drawn and cut.
"He's got a good many points in his favor," said Watts,
"That is their fault; not ours," Lucy Warner said
incisively. British Dictionary definitions for incisively adjective keen, penetrating, or acute biting or sarcastic; mordant an incisive remark having a sharp cutting edge incisive teeth Derived Forms incisively, adverb incisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incisively adj.
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.
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adj. Having the power to cut. Relating to the incisor teeth.
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