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; < Latinconcīsus cut short (past participle of concīdere), equivalent to con-con- + -cīd- (combining form of caedere to cut) + -tus past participle ending
Synonyms 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.