- The definition of succinct is getting to the point in just a few words.
- An example of succinct is a short slogan like “Just do it.”
- An example of succinct is a person who only answers with yes or no.
- clearly and briefly stated; terse
- characterized by brevity and conciseness of speech
- enclosed as by a girdle
Origin: ME, girdled, girded from Classical Latin succinctus, prepared, short, contracted, past participle of succingere, to gird, tuck up, prepare from sub-, sub- plush cingere, to gird: see cinch
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adjective suc·cinct·er, suc·cinct·est
- Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse: a succinct reply; a succinct style.
- Archaic Encircled as if by a girdle; girded.
Origin: Middle English succincte, girt, from Old French, from Latin succīnctus, past participle of succingere, to gird from below : sub-, sub- + cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.
- suc·cinctˈly adverb
- suc·cinctˈness noun