Concise Con*cise", a. [L. concisus cut off, short, p. p. of concidere to cut to pieces; con- + caedere to cut; perh. akin to scindere to cleave, and to E. shed, v. t.; cf. F. concis.] Expressing much in a few words; condensed; brief and compacted; -- used of style in writing or speaking. [1913 Webster]

The concise style, which expresseth not enough, but leaves somewhat to be understood. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Where the author is . . . too brief and concise, amplify a little. --I. Watts.

Syn: Laconic; terse; brief; short; compendious; summary; succinct. See {Laconic}, and {Terse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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