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succinct adj : briefly giving the gist of something; "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject" [syn: compendious, compact, summary]

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From Latin succinctus ("to gird about") < Latin succingere ("to gird from below") < Latin sub- + cingere ("to gird, wrap, or surround").


  • /sək'sɪŋkt/


  1. brief and to the point; having characteristics of both brevity and clarity.
  2. compressed into a tiny area.
  3. wrapped by, or as if by a girdle; closely fitting, wound or wrapped or drawn up tightly.


brief and to the point
  • Czech: stručný
  • Latin: succinctus
  • Portuguese: sucinto
  • Spanish: sucinto


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