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Syllabification: con·cise
Pronunciation: /kənˈsīs

Definition of concise in English:


Giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive: a concise account of the country’s history
More example sentences
  • The explanation of the science at work was clear, concise and comprehensible.
  • I was given clear and concise information, and, on the basis of this, my verbal consent was obtained.
  • Above all this, we must maintain clear and concise information on the extent of the damage.
succinct, pithy, incisive, brief, short and to the point, short and sweet;
abridged, condensed, compressed, abbreviated, compact
informal snappy


late 16th century: from French concis or Latin concisus, past participle of concidere 'cut up, cut down', from con- 'completely' + caedere 'to cut'.



Example sentences
  • The request should concisely summarize the scientific dispute.
  • The executive summary should concisely recap the proposal, including the pricing.
  • You never bother saying anything that concisely.


Example sentences
  • In part, this effect is due to the brevity and conciseness of each topic, another characteristic of this book that I found appealing and refreshing.
  • I may also have misjudged which were the most important parts of the case, always a problem when people edit down court opinions for conciseness and readability.
  • It's something to do with my love of conciseness.


Pronunciation: /-ˈsiZHən/
Example sentences
  • I have argued this for months, but rarely with such concisions.
  • Its charming concision allows the reader to reflect on the poet's experiences and thoughts unencumbered; without needing to have any prior knowledge of the subject.
  • The precision and concision she has honed over half a century's devotion to that craft - getting maximum effect from the minimal - ensure that these terse pieces can speak volumes.

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