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succinct

[suh k-singkt]
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adjective
  1. expressed in few words; concise; terse.
  2. characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.
  3. compressed into a small area, scope, or compass.
  4. Archaic.
    1. drawn up, as by a girdle.
    2. close-fitting.
    3. encircled, as by a girdle.
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Origin of succinct

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin succinctus, past participle of succingere to gird, gather up (one's clothes), prepare for action, equivalent to suc- suc- + cing(ere) to gird, equip + -tus past participle suffix
Related formssuc·cinct·ly, adverbsuc·cinct·ness, nounun·suc·cinct, adjectiveun·suc·cinct·ly, adverb

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1, 2. See concise.
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British Dictionary definitions for succinct

succinct

adjective
  1. marked by brevity and clarity; concise
  2. compressed into a small area
  3. archaic
    1. encircled by or as if by a girdle
    2. drawn up tightly; closely fitting
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Derived Formssuccinctly, adverbsuccinctness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin succinctus girt about, from succingere to gird from below, from sub- from below + cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for succinct

adj.

early 15c., "having one's belt fastened tightly," from Middle French succincte, from Latin succinctus "prepared, ready, contracted, short," past participle of succingere "tuck up (clothes for action), gird from below," from sub "up from under" (see sub-) + cingere "to gird" (see cinch). Sense of "brief, concise" first recorded early 15c.

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