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[kuh n-sahys-nis] /kənˈsaɪs nɪs/
the quality of being concise.
Origin of conciseness
1650-60; concise + -ness
terseness, pithiness. See brevity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for conciseness
  • His last pieces, mature works, show the non-accommodated conciseness of those who hold surprises.
  • Didn't mean to sound hubristic, but the printed word and conciseness of the posting world may convey that.
  • conciseness, even to the point of symbolic notation, is a virtue.
  • His speeches are marked by conciseness of language, closeness of reasoning and practical good sense.
  • In keeping with the emphasis on popularization, all three authors strove for conciseness and simplicity.
  • News briefs and summaries are models of conciseness and clarity.
  • Drafting is an art and not a science and sometimes concepts may seem to conflict, such as conciseness and specificity.
  • Demonstrate the benefit of teamwork and the need for clarity and conciseness in reporting.
  • The coverage metric took length into account and rewarded conciseness.
  • Imagery, conciseness, and memorability are also qualities teachers can define for children.
Word Origin and History for conciseness

"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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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conciseness in Culture

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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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