the quality of being concise.

1650–60; concise + -ness

terseness, pithiness. See brevity. Unabridged
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concise (kənˈsaɪs)
expressing much in few words; brief and to the point
[C16: from Latin concīsus cut up, cut short, from concīdere to cut to pieces, from caedere to cut, strike down]

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"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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Example sentences
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.
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