Definition of incisive in English:

incisive

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsʌɪsɪv
 
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adjective

  • 2(Of an action) quick and direct: the most incisive move of a tight match
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    • His favoured 3-4 - 3 formation may have to be adjusted slightly to accommodate the quick and incisive passing that enables Rangers to move up the park swiftly.
    • Kendal managed to construct some incisive moves and penetrating attacks but they came to nothing.
    • The discipline and tenacity of Porto's defence tonight, and their capacity for quick, incisive breaks, recalled Clough's Forest teams at their best.

Derivatives

incisively

adverb
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  • But he does not allow himself to yield either to the past, or its falsifier, nostalgia, the ‘history’ of which mind-set he incisively anatomises.
  • As he coolly, incisively probes away, his questions elicit fascinating personal revelations, generating feelings of anger, guilt, panic and emptiness.
  • That's an important issue and one that strikes to the heart of why we train college students to think logically, research carefully and write incisively.

incisiveness

noun
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  • For the benefit of those who have yet to experience the clarity, incisiveness, intelligence and above all space-filling qualities of his work, here are a few highlights.
  • Your capacity for hard work, intellectual rigour and incisiveness is well-known throughout the profession and is something to which I can personally attest.
  • As longtime readers know, his writing is marked by clarity, incisiveness, and charity, if not always respect, for opposing views.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'cutting, penetrating'): from medieval Latin incisivus, from Latin incidere 'cut into' (see incise).

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