concise

[kuhn-sahys]
adjective
expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope; succinct; terse: a concise explanation of the company's retirement plan.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin concīsus cut short (past participle of concīdere), equivalent to con- con- + -cīd- (combining form of caedere to cut) + -tus past participle ending

concisely, adverb


pithy, compendious, laconic. Concise, succinct, terse all refer to speech or writing that uses few words to say much. Concise usually implies that unnecessary details or verbiage have been eliminated from a more wordy statement: a concise summary of the speech. Succinct on the other hand, implies that the message is as originally composed and is expressed in as few words as possible: a succinct statement of the problem. Terse sometimes suggests brevity combined with wit or polish to produce particularly effective expression: a terse, almost aphoristic, style. It may also suggest brusqueness or curtness: a terse reply that was almost rude.
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concise (kənˈsaɪs)
 
adj
expressing much in few words; brief and to the point
 
[C16: from Latin concīsus cut up, cut short, from concīdere to cut to pieces, from caedere to cut, strike down]
 
con'cisely
 
adv
 
con'ciseness
 
n

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concise
c.1590, from L. concisus "cut off, brief," pp. of concidere "to cut off," from com- intensive prefix + caedere "to cut" (see -cide).
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Example sentences
Being concise allowed them to cover a vast amount of musical terrain while
  appealing to short attention spans.
The point of traditional scientific theory is to account for the evidence with
  a concise structural metaphor.
If you are asked to participate in a role-playing situation, give short but
  concise answers.
Superb and richly concise article on the elegant absurdity of dueling over the
  centuries.
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