Definition of incisive in English:

incisive

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsʌɪsɪv
 
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adjective

1(Of a person or mental process) intelligently analytical and clear-thinking: she was an incisive critic
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  • He is always incisive and insightful, and understands Wagner's epic character almost as well as anyone.
  • Perhaps he is more incisive on individually produced artefacts like paintings or buildings.
  • He is incisive, can bowl for long periods, and keeps coming at the batsmen; for them the pressure seldom ceases.
Synonyms
concise, succinct, pithy, to the point, crisp, clear
informal punchy, on the ball
North American informal heads-up
1.1(Of an account) accurate and sharply focused: the songs offer incisive pictures of American ways
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  • The pages brim with incisive descriptions and exquisite pictures of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Patagonia.
  • His incisive account of the institutional experimentation with respect to cutting rights is informative.
  • Might he be the focus of some incisive Hollywood docudrama?
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.

Origin

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

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.

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