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[suh k-singkt] /səkˈsɪŋkt/
expressed in few words; concise; terse.
characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity.
compressed into a small area, scope, or compass.
  1. drawn up, as by a girdle.
  2. close-fitting.
  3. encircled, as by a girdle.
Origin of succinct
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin succinctus, past participle of succingere to gird, gather up (one's clothes), prepare for action, equivalent to suc- suc- + cing(ere) to gird, equip + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
succinctly, adverb
succinctness, noun
unsuccinct, adjective
unsuccinctly, adverb
1, 2. See concise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for succinct
  • The inscription that inspired me was succinct and to the point.
  • To be clear and succinct: my point was not about political parties.
  • Long winded but succinct, ergo only the known physical world exists.
  • His breakdown is succinct, clear and not intimidating for us non-scientists.
  • Temperature is merely a succinct encapsulation of this average.
  • Everything should be professional, succinct, and measured.
  • Twitter used to be a cool place to share your succinct thoughts.
  • After you've said what you needed to say, cap the letter off with a succinct and sincere salutation.
  • All these centuries later, this insight remains a succinct summary of the modern conception of matter.
  • What a wonderfully succinct, but complete, way of explaining it all.
British Dictionary definitions for succinct


marked by brevity and clarity; concise
compressed into a small area
  1. encircled by or as if by a girdle
  2. drawn up tightly; closely fitting
Derived Forms
succinctly, adverb
succinctness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin succinctus girt about, from succingere to gird from below, from sub- from below + cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for succinct

early 15c., "having one's belt fastened tightly," from Middle French succincte, from Latin succinctus "prepared, ready, contracted, short," past participle of succingere "tuck up (clothes for action), gird from below," from sub "up from under" (see sub-) + cingere "to gird" (see cinch). Sense of "brief, concise" first recorded early 15c.

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