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conciseness

[kuhn-sahys-nis]
noun
the quality of being concise.

Origin:
1650–60; concise + -ness


terseness, pithiness. See brevity.
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conciseness
"expressing much in few words," 1650s, from concise + -ness.
"[Conciseness] is the English word familiar to the ordinary man: concision is the LITERARY CRITIC'S WORD, more recent in English, used by writers under French influence & often requiring the reader to stop & think whether he knows its meaning." [Fowler]
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conciseness definition


Economy in writing or speaking. “Bill loves to go to the movies because watching films is a real pleasure to him” is not as concise as “Bill loves to watch movies.” (Compare circumlocution.)

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