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[kuh n-sahys] /kənˈsaɪs/
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 of concise
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
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for concise
  • 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.
  • One gets used to giving a concise answer to a question and then moving on to the next question.
  • Allow each side time to prepare opening comments and concise arguments that support their position and to anticipate rebuttals.
  • Have students write concise mission statements or slogans.
  • Their overview of the effects of global warming on polar regions was clear, comprehensive and concise.
  • Make your writing concise to take up less space on the page.
  • Probably this is a little too concise, and the narrative is somewhat dry and bare.
British Dictionary definitions for concise


expressing much in few words; brief and to the point
Derived Forms
concisely, adverb
conciseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin concīsus cut up, cut short, from concīdere to cut to pieces, from caedere to cut, strike down
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Word Origin and History for concise

1580s, from Latin concisus "cut off, brief," past participle of concidere "to cut off, cut up, cut through, cut to pieces," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Related: Concisely.

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