- 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
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Examples from the Web for incisiveness
Jeremy was pale, but his manner kept its incisiveness, his speech its lucidity.Double Harness
There is lack of incisiveness, sharpness of outline, cohesion of thought.A History of American Literature Since 1870
Fred Lewis Pattee
There appears to be an incisiveness about them which appeals to parrot nature.Birds of the Plains
The beauty and incisiveness of the poetic prophecy in xxxvii.
"It is certainly a medley," he replied, with some incisiveness.Brooke's Daughter
- keen, penetrating, or acute
- biting or sarcastic; mordantan incisive remark
- having a sharp cutting edgeincisive teeth
Word Origin and History for incisiveness
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.