• WordNet 3.6
    • n conciseness terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Conciseness The quality of being concise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conciseness The quality of being concise; brevity in statement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Conciseness the quality of being concise: terseness
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  • Hosea Ballou
    “Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. concidĕre, concisum, from con, and cædĕre, to cut.


In literature:

The short sentence is the most important step toward brevity, terseness, conciseness and clear thinking.
"The Psychology of Management" by L. M. Gilbreth
The plan was expressed concisely but with absolute kindness.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Read Chapter 38 and write out your impressions of it in concise statements, using fifty words.
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer
They approved of the composition but, as the aphorisms were concise, asked for fuller explanations.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The relation was clear and concise.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad" by Edith Van Dyne
We shall be somewhat less concise in noticing the labours of Laplace.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
Our written Constitution was its most concise expression.
"Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia)" by Various
His verse was usually rough, but sometimes finished and melodious; it was always extraordinarily concise and expressive.
"Four American Leaders" by Charles William Eliot
"A Selection of Books published by Methuen and Co. Ltd., London, 36, Essex Street, W.C" by Anonymous
Hosea's style is very concise and sententious, and his diction impresses even the casual reader as original and peculiar.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows

In poetry:

Can he write a letter concisely clear
Without a speck or a smudge or smear
or BLOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
In this concise despotic way
Unhappy Gaphny fell,
Which did all honest men affray,
As truly it might well.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
But to conclude, and be concise,
Truth must Will's voucher be;
Truth never yet went in disguise,
For naked still is she.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior
Once, on a time and in a place
Conducive to malaria,
There lived a member of the race
Of Rana Temporaria;
Or, more concisely still, a frog
Inhabited a certain bog.
"The Arrogant Frog And The Superior Bull" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Q. What is th' internal part, the pow'r divine,
The grace, that in his Sacrament does lie,
Or thing intended by the bread and wine?
I beg a ready and concise reply.
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A review published online on March 22, 2012, in Swiss Medical Weekly concisely summarizes the extraesophageal manifestations of acid reflux, reminding clinicians that common diagnostic tests are less useful when dealing with these syndromes.
TV REVIEW Filmmaker who tends to exhaust interest in an epoch keeps himself to four concise hours here.
Biography of Nicolo Paganini from THE GROVE CONCISE DICTIONARY OF MUSIC.
A raft of new words were added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary this month.
New words are added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary on a regular basis.
Another great example of how the PD resources that NSTA has made available to teachers are concise yet comprehensive.
It's one of the most concise, and well-documented defenses of the pope that you will find.
The prospectus is simply a tool for setting clear, written, concise ground rules for a project and then reinforcing periodic routine communication among the participants.
MUSCULOSKELETAL Citations Concise summaries of recent journal articles chosen for clinical significance.
Christensen's essay, "A Capitalist's Dilemma, Whoever Wins on Tuesday," was the clearest, most concise explanation of the current stagnant recovery I have yet seen (Oct 28).
' We want to depict the Dickensian lives of city children and then show clearly and concisely where the school system has failed them.
This concise, well-written article helped educate readers on the benefits of earlier admissions, the full scope of hospice care, Medicare coverage, and other important information.
This merit badge, among many, is part of Scouting 's legacy of providing concise information and rigorous requirements to introduce Scouts to hobbies, vocations and generally fun stuff.
Seventeen reserves the right to use your real name or a pseudonym, as well as edit text for clarity and conciseness.
A concise and pithy sentence can tell an entire life story.

In science:

However, the sequence XOOXXOXXOO cannot be described so concisely: “first an X, then two O’s, then two X’s, an O, then two X’s, then two O’s”.
Effective Generation of Subjectively Random Binary Sequences
The subroutine package presented is intended to fit smoothly to the philosophy of MATLAB, and makes it possible to write down relatively complex expressions in a concise way.
QUBIT4MATLAB V3.0: A program package for quantum information science and quantum optics for MATLAB
When handling multi-qudit systems, one has to be able to concisely define operators working on a given qudit.
QUBIT4MATLAB V3.0: A program package for quantum information science and quantum optics for MATLAB
As noted above, the almost-sure existence of this process was initially demonstrated in , but a more concise construction is given in .
Convergence of simple random walks on random discrete trees to Brownian motion on the continuum random tree
In the rest of this paper, we will just write this function as D(z ) for concision.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function