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incisive

[ in-sahy-siv ]SEE DEFINITION OF incisive
  • adj.intelligent
  • adj.sarcastic

Synonyms for incisive

  • concise
  • penetrating
  • piercing
  • trenchant
  • acute
  • bright
  • clever
  • keen
  • perspicacious
  • profound
  • sharp
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Antonyms for incisive

  • weak
  • gentle
  • incompetent
  • kind
  • nice
  • stupid
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INCISIVE

But incisive native writing about American traits is not lacking.

"Yes, it is Florent," she said presently, in incisive tones.

Each quiet, incisive word that Chet spoke was clearly heard.

How disagreeable he must have made himself, to render her so sharp and so incisive all at once.

"It was sold for money, I suppose," he said with studied and incisive calmness.

"More hateful than I can express," said Edith, with incisive bitterness.

It was he who at once, in an incisive and positive tone, opened the conversation.

They are but mirrors, many-shaped and lighted, for his own delicate, incisive humor.

I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by my friend's incisive reasoning.

Braceway's incisive tone whipped Greenleaf to closer attention.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., inscisif, "slashing, cutting with a sharp edge," from Middle French incisif and directly from Medieval Latin incisivus, from Latin incis-, past participle stem of incidere (see incision). Originally literal; figurative sense of "mentally acute" first recorded 1850 as a borrowing from French. Related: Incisively; incisiveness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INCISIVE

acute

adjectivedeeply perceptive

corrosive

adjectiveconsuming, wearing; bitter

crisp

adjectiveshort, curt in presentation
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