concise

concisely, adv.
/keuhn suys"/, adj.
expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope; succinct; terse: a concise explanation of the company's retirement plan.
[1580-90; < L concisus cut short (ptp. of concidere), equiv. to con- CON- + -cid- (comb. form of caedere to cut) + -tus ptp. ending]
Syn. pithy, compendious, laconic. CONCISE, SUCCINCT, TERSE all refer to speech or writing that uses few words to say much. CONCISE usually implies that unnecessary details or verbiage have been eliminated from a more wordy statement: a concise summary of the speech. SUCCINCT, on the other hand, implies that the message is as originally composed and is expressed in as few words as possible: a succinct statement of the problem. TERSE sometimes suggests brevity combined with wit or polish to produce particularly effective expression: a terse, almost aphoristic, style. It may also suggest brusqueness or curtness: a terse reply that was almost rude.

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