Like Berkeley, Shaftesbury occasionally makes use of the dialogue very effectively, but he has not the bishop's incisiveness.
There appears to be an incisiveness about them which appeals to parrot nature.
If the arguments employed were now well-worn, they were repeated with an incisiveness that took away much of their staleness.
The beauty and incisiveness of the poetic prophecy in xxxvii.
Jeremy was pale, but his manner kept its incisiveness, his speech its lucidity.
Her incisiveness seemed to fail her when with Lawrence Vickery.
There is lack of incisiveness, sharpness of outline, cohesion of thought.
What is the faculty which gives relief, brilliancy, and incisiveness to thought?
Like the colors, the sounds were individualized by sharpness of tone, incisiveness of utterance.
Time had chiseled it to an incisiveness not incongruous with a lingering air of youth.
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.
incisive in·ci·sive (ĭn-sī'sĭv)
Having the power to cut.
Relating to the incisor teeth.