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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
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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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British Dictionary definitions for concisely


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 concisely



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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