from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressing much in few words; clear and succinct.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. brief, yet including all important information
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing much in a few words; condensed; brief and compacted; -- used of style in writing or speaking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Comprehending much in few words; brief and comprehensive in statement: as, a concise account of an event; a concise argument.
- Synonyms Concise, Succinct, Condensed, Laconic, Summary, Compendious, short, terse, pithy, sententious, compact. The first four imply fullness of meaning as well as great brevity; the next two that the subject is treated by exhibiting only its main heads, and that therefore the treatment is comparatively brief. Concise frequently refers to style, and signifies the expression of much in few words; succinct is generally applied to the matter, the less important things being omitted: thus, a concise style or phrase, but a succinct narrative or account. Condensed relates more to the mode of treatment by which a matter is brought or compressed into a smaller space than it might have occupied. Laconic is applied to expressions which carry conciseness or brevity to an extreme. A summary account gives the principal points in the case; a compendious account is more sure than a summary account to give a complete and sufficient view of the subject.
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- adj. expressing much in few words
Latin concīsus, past participle of concīdere, to cut up : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin concisus ("cut short"), from Latin concidere ("cut to pieces"), from caedere ("to cut, to strike down"). (Wiktionary)