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succinct

[ suhk-singkt ]
/ səkˈsɪŋkt /
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adjective

expressed in few words; concise terse.
characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.
compressed into a small area, scope, or compass.
Archaic.
  1. drawn up, as by a girdle.
  2. close-fitting.
  3. encircled, as by a girdle.

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Origin of succinct

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin succinctus, past participle of succingere “to gird, gather up (one's clothes), prepare for action,” equivalent to suc- “under, beneath” (see suc-) + cing(ere) “to gird, equip” + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for succinct

1, 2. See concise.

OTHER WORDS FROM succinct

suc·cinct·ly, adverbsuc·cinct·ness, nounun·suc·cinct, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for succinct

succinct
/ (səkˈsɪŋkt) /

adjective

marked by brevity and clarity; concise
compressed into a small area
archaic
  1. encircled by or as if by a girdle
  2. drawn up tightly; closely fitting

Derived forms of succinct

succinctly, adverbsuccinctness, noun

Word Origin for succinct

C15: from Latin succinctus girt about, from succingere to gird from below, from sub- from below + cingere to gird
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