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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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  • With this preface, Sam related, as succinctly as he could, the last memorable conversation he had had with Mr. Pickwick.

    The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  • We cannot, says The Board, succinctly, drawing its salary; It increases the tax rate.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • A code is compiled for the purpose of succinctly stating laws and for fixing penalties for an offense.

    Auction of To-day Milton C. Work
  • Since, however, he has made the Query, I will answer it as succinctly as I can.

  • As between plaintiff and defendant, the opposite cases were succinctly stated by Dean Close and Mr. Buckstone.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
British Dictionary definitions for succinctly


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 succinctly

c.1500, from succinct + -ly (2).



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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