Definition of succinct in US English:



  • (especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.

    ‘use short, succinct sentences’
    • ‘The text fields are clearly separated and succinct, and keep the reader interested.’
    • ‘Stating a problem in a succinct and crisp manner tends to invite a simple elegant solution.’
    • ‘Instead it is short and succinct and defiantly lays the blame squarely on everyone else.’
    • ‘The prayer is unusually succinct: it summarizes several of the distinctive themes of the teaching of Jesus.’
    • ‘It was a very, with respect, succinct and brief direction given by the trial judge on the point, but we say there was no error in it.’
    • ‘In a brief but succinct manner the chapter deals with the different joints separately in each disease.’
    • ‘The final, and perhaps most demanding, challenge will be to craft a clear and succinct message out of what will be a complex summit process.’
    • ‘The content itself ranges in nature so greatly from chapter to chapter that no succinct description seems possible.’
    • ‘These law professors can be succinct, not to say gnomic, not to say utterly obscure.’
    • ‘I relied on the contents of this letter as a succinct summary of the law.’
    • ‘Further, the dietetic text provided the model for the early written recipes, typically succinct and summary.’
    • ‘Diagrams provide succinct summaries of the chapter content, and the index is easy to use.’
    • ‘There aren't many movie directors prepared to offer succinct class-war summaries in an interview.’
    • ‘A senior business analyst at a multinational has the most succinct summary of possible remedies.’
    • ‘Each module offers a succinct summary to highlight the message given.’
    • ‘It was short and succinct: good food, good value, but all the ambience of an aircraft hangar.’
    • ‘Not the most eloquent of summaries but succinct if nothing else.’
    • ‘Her crisp and succinct discussion of dowry is sure to remain the classic analysis of this subject.’
    • ‘His campaign summaries and election analysis have been succinct and informative.’
    • ‘He also squeezes in a succinct outline of the social and economic histories of both countries in the periods covered.’
    concise, short, brief, compact, condensed, crisp, laconic, terse, tight, to the point, economic, pithy, thumbnail, summary, short and sweet, in a few well-chosen words, compendious, epigrammatic, synoptic, aphoristic, gnomic
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘encircled’): from Latin succinctus ‘tucked up’, past participle of succingere, from sub- ‘from below’ + cingere ‘gird’.