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incisive

[in-sahy-siv]
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 pertaining to the incisors: the incisive teeth.

Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin incīsīvus. See incise, -ive

incisively, adverb
incisiveness, noun
unincisive, adjective
unincisively, adverb
unincisiveness, noun


1. acid, mordant; sarcastic, sardonic.
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incisive (ɪnˈsaɪsɪv)
 
adj
1.  keen, penetrating, or acute
2.  biting or sarcastic; mordant: an incisive remark
3.  having a sharp cutting edge: incisive teeth
 
in'cisively
 
adv
 
in'cisiveness
 
n

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incisive
1590s, from M.L. incisivus, from L. incisionem (see incision). Originally literal: "cutting with a sharp edge;" figurative sense of "mentally acute" first recorded 1850 as a borrowing from French.
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incisive in·ci·sive (ĭn-sī'sĭv)
adj.

  1. Having the power to cut.

  2. Relating to the incisor teeth.

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