September 01, 2011
- succinct (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : marked by short concise expression without wasted words
- How do you use it?
- "If you are going to complete your essay question in the time allowed," advised Mr. Palmer, "you must be succinct and get to the core of the answer quickly."
- Are you a word wiz?
We'll get right to the point: which of the following sentences do you think uses the word "succinct" correctly?Answer D cuts to the chase. Sentence A doesn't work because it uses "succinct" as a noun instead of an adjective. The author in B is padding her novel, and the result is likely to be a work that is "verbose" or "wordy" -- opposites of "succinct." Sentence C doesn't work either, since "succinct" is not used in connection with flavor and can't be used to describe spices. That leaves sentence D and those concise words of wisdom as a proper illustration of the word "succinct."