- expressed in few words; concise; terse.
- characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.
- compressed into a small area, scope, or compass.
- drawn up, as by a girdle.
- encircled, as by a girdle.
Origin of succinct
Examples from the Web for succinct
The scenes are succinct, by and large; the patter of the characters rolls right along, whether you catch their drift or not.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?
May 12, 2014
Her few comments to the press included a succinct summary of her views on capital punishment.Judy Clarke, the Defense Lawyer Appointed to Defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
May 1, 2013
Her verdict was succinct: “They are not clothes for playing in, they are clothes for showing off at the airport.”The Controversial Kids’ Fashion Week
March 21, 2013
Then, a succinct slaying of the awful "We Built That" meme which so awkwardly defined the convention in Tampa.Why the GOP Lost, Part (Insert Number Here)
November 16, 2012
He failed to come up with a succinct new indictment à la Reagan's "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"Paul Begala on Mitt Romney’s Epic Fail in His GOP Convention Speech
August 31, 2012
This is the most succinct account that we can give of him and his affairs.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
"Better let this Miss Dean alone," was Laura's succinct advise.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
This succinct account will not prove unacceptable, we hope, to our readers.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
Presents the subject of astronomy in a succinct, popular form.A Field Book of the Stars
William Tyler Olcott
A succinct statement of the essentials of the New Testament.The Convert
- marked by brevity and clarity; concise
- compressed into a small area
- encircled by or as if by a girdle
- drawn up tightly; closely fitting
Word Origin and History for succinct
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.