from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being concise: "a role made . . . dramatically accessible by the concision of the form” ( George Steiner).
  • n. Archaic A cutting apart or off.

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  • n. Conciseness, brevity or terseness.
  • n. A form of media censorship where discussions are limited in topics on the basis of broadcast time allotments.
  • n. A cutting off; a division; a schism or faction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cutting off; a division; a schism; a faction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A division; a schism; a faction; a sect; a separation.
  • n. [It is used in the Vulgate and in the authorized version of the Bible to translate the Greek word κατατομή, employed by St. Paul in Phil. iii. 2, apparently, instead of περιτομή, for circumcision, as a contemptuous designation of those Jews who relied upon the mere outward rite of circumcision.
  • n. Conciseness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words


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concise +‎ -ion (“the state of being”)



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  • "There was once an interview with Jeff Greenfield in which he was asked why I was never asked onto Nightline. He gave a good answer. He said the main reason was that I lacked concision. I had never heard that word before. You have to have concision. You have to say something brief between two commercials.

    What can you say that’s brief between two commercials? I can say Iran is a terrible state. I don’t need any evidence. I can say Ghaddaffi carries out terror. Suppose I try to say the US carries out terror, in fact it’s one of the leading terrorist states in the world. You can’t say that between commercials. People rightly want to know what do you mean. They’ve never heard that before. Then you have to explain. You have to give background. That’s exactly what’s cut out. Concision is a technique of propaganda. It ensures you cannot do anything except repeat clichés, the standard doctrine, or sound like a lunatic."

    - Noam Chomsky, 'Noam Chomsky on America's Economic Suicide',, 4 May 2012

    May 5, 2012

  • Article about concision and Twitter.

    April 2, 2009