• WordNet 3.6
    • n concision 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 Concision A cutting off; a division; a schism; a faction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n concision A division; a schism; a faction; a sect; a separation.
    • n concision [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 concision Conciseness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Concision kon-sizh′on mutilation:
    • n Concision kon-sizh′on (B.) circumcision: conciseness.
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. concisio,: cf. F. concision,. See Concise


In literature:

To speak concisely, and with an air of precipitation, was the general practice.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
In a series of articles, short, concise, and to the point, he effectually canvassed the State.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
Stephen Jannan, facing the Mayor, made a concise statement in a cold, deliberate voice.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
But they were both as concise in action as an Elizabethan headsman.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
He did not speak, because he was trying to think rapidly and concisely.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He has a rare gift for imparting instruction in a way that is concise and convincing.
"Vocal Mastery" by Harriette Brower
A concise notice of his prophetical achievements is subjoined.
"Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet" by Benjamin Drake
Figures of speech, however, are great aids, not only to clearness and conciseness, but to the vividness of an article.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
For concision, picturesqueness and concreteness, this narrative is not excelled in all literature.
"The Bible Period by Period" by Josiah Blake Tidwell
He began to speak with modest confidence and in clear, concise, and earnest terms.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

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:

Very few writers can say so much, so well and so concisely as Mr Stein.
It is a challenge, but when staying within a limit of 140 characters, students' writing tends to be more condensed, concise and simple.
Concision and the Public Intellectual.
The Art of Violent Concision The Nation.
In his new book, "A Story of Grace," he shares a clear and concise vision how all churches should be a "light in the darkness.
These videos offer a concise, visual way to learn about each of the 18 safety policies and the positive effects of their implementation.
Concise summaries of recent journal articles chosen for clinical significance.
This whitepaper provides a concise summary of the Federal Register, Country of Origin Labeling Mandate as set forth in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, (Farm Bill).
The concise and focused menu offers the choice of three egg dishes, six savory crepes and about the same number of sweet ones.
They should be clear, concise, and convey an understandable message.
Crisply comic, disarmingly frank, and aurally bold, the sharpest poems in this seventh volume from Seibles (Hammerlock) set their emotional honesty in concisely unpredictable free verse.
Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has a talent for summing up ambitious concepts in powerfully concise phrases, whether it's 2004's The Beautiful Struggle or 2007's Eardrum.
This concise Penguin Life biography can be compared to the Confederate general's Civil War career: valiant, honorable and surprisingly successful with limited resources.
General manager Neal Huntington summarized the temperature of the trading pool concisely Sunday afternoon.
The irony is that The Eternal might be their most concise record ever.

In science:

From the point of view of cumulative distribution functions1, both of these operations have a concise interpretation: the classical (resp. free) upper extremal convolution of two probability measures with distribution functions F, G is the probability measure with distribution function F G (resp. max(0, F + G − 1)).
A matrix interpolation between classical and free max operations: I. The univariate case
For obtaining the concise form (67), we introduce and use the additional component of the gamma matrix γ ˆ6 := I ⊗ σ3 .
Fermions in gravity and the skyrmion backgrounds in six dimensional brane-worlds
The satisfaction relation |= is not general, that is, it is languagedependent (it is, in fact, |=L , but we omit the subscript for conciseness), and is part of the definition of the language.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Expressiveness deals only with the logical possibility of expressing properties; this feature is totally different from other — somewhat sub jective, but nonetheless very relevant — characterizations such as conciseness, readability, naturalness, and ease of use.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Also, for the sake of conciseness, we do not repeat features of a derived formalism that are inherited unaffected from the “parent” notation.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey