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.
- 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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How to use incisive in a sentence
Even while they could become annoyed by his hands-off approach, they admired his incisive questioning of graduate students and visitors giving presentations to the department.
The soft Southern burr of his ordinary conversation had given place to a clear incisiveness.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
Cold, hard rays penetrate through the immense ruin, separating with a sharp incisiveness the light from the shadows.Egypt (La Mort De Philae) | Pierre Loti
You are perfectly right, he said with sudden, smiting incisiveness.A Singular Life | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
But the Coroner's voice broke in upon his flounderings with sharp incisiveness.The Riddle of the Purple Emperor | Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
Carney asked, the crisp incisiveness of his voice wakening completely the rather fogged man.Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for incisive
keen, penetrating, or acute
biting or sarcastic; mordant: an incisive remark
having a sharp cutting edge: incisive teeth
- incisively, adverb
- incisiveness, noun
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