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conciseness

[kuh n-sahys-nis] /kənˈsaɪs nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality of being concise.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; concise + -ness
Synonyms
terseness, pithiness. See brevity.
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conciseness

n.

"expression of 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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