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incisive

[in-sahy-siv] /ɪnˈsaɪ sɪv/
adjective
1.
penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant:
an incisive tone of voice.
2.
remarkably clear and direct; sharp; keen; acute:
an incisive method of summarizing the issue.
3.
adapted for cutting or piercing.
4.
of or relating to the incisors:
the incisive teeth.
Origin of incisive
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin incīsīvus. See incise, -ive
Related forms
incisively, adverb
incisiveness, noun
unincisive, adjective
unincisively, adverb
unincisiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. acid, mordant; sarcastic, sardonic.
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  • It was resonant, far-reaching, incisive; but it rang abruptly and without mellowness.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • Each quiet, incisive word that Chet spoke was clearly heard.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • His method of presentation was the more attractive because he seasoned it with incisive wit.

  • How disagreeable he must have made himself, to render her so sharp and so incisive all at once.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Once more his mental processes became clear and incisive, his commands direct and to the point.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for incisive

incisive

/ɪnˈsaɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
keen, penetrating, or acute
2.
biting or sarcastic; mordant: an incisive remark
3.
having a sharp cutting edge: incisive teeth
Derived Forms
incisively, adverb
incisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incisive
adj.

early 15c., inscisif, "slashing, cutting with a sharp edge," from Middle French incisif and directly from Medieval Latin incisivus, from Latin incis-, past participle stem of incidere (see incision). Originally literal; figurative sense of "mentally acute" first recorded 1850 as a borrowing from French. Related: Incisively; incisiveness.

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incisive in Medicine

incisive in·ci·sive (ĭn-sī'sĭv)
adj.

  1. Having the power to cut.

  2. Relating to the incisor teeth.

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