shortness of time or duration; briefness: the brevity of human life.
the quality of expressing much in few words; terseness: Brevity is the soul of wit.

1500–10; < Anglo-French brevite, Old French brievete. See brief, -ity

2. compactness, succinctness, pithiness. Brevity, conciseness refer to the use of few words in speaking. Brevity emphasizes the short duration of speech: reduced to extreme brevity. Conciseness emphasizes compactness of expression: clear in spite of great conciseness.

1, 2. length. Unabridged
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brevity (ˈbrɛvɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
2.  a short duration; brief time
[C16: from Latin brevitās shortness, from brevisbrief]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, from L. brevitatem (nom. brevitas) "shortness" in space or time, from brevis "short" (see brief).
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Example sentences
In oral argument, the author urges brevity, clarity and equanimity.
In the pleading of cases nothing pleases so much as brevity.
Points will be given for brevity and conciseness of your answer.
In a sense, the brevity of his career enhanced his status as a cult hero.
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