concise
adjective Etymology: Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike Date: circa 1590 marked by brevity of expression or statement ; free from all elaboration and superfluous detail <
a concise summary
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a concise definition
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concisely adverbconciseness noun Synonyms: concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative <
a concise description
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. terse implies pointed conciseness <
a terse reply
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. succinct implies the greatest possible compression <
a succinct letter of resignation
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. laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious <
an aloof and laconic stranger
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. summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation <
a summary listing of the year's main events
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. pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance <
a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners
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. compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment <
a compendious dictionary
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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