incisive


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in·ci·sive

 (ĭn-sī′sĭv)
adj.
Penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression: an incisive mind; incisive comments.

in·ci′sive·ly adv.
in·ci′sive·ness n.

incisive

(ɪnˈsaɪsɪv)
adj
1. keen, penetrating, or acute
2. biting or sarcastic; mordant: an incisive remark.
3. (Zoology) having a sharp cutting edge: incisive teeth.
inˈcisively adv
inˈcisiveness n

in•ci•sive

(ɪnˈsaɪ sɪv)

adj.
1. penetrating; cutting: an incisive tone of voice.
2. clear and direct; keen: an incisive commentary.
[1520–30; < Medieval Latin]
in•ci′sive•ly, adv.
in•ci′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.incisive - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctionsincisive - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"
perceptive - having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment; "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation"
2.incisive - suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"

incisive

adjective penetrating, sharp, keen, acute, piercing, trenchant, perspicacious a shrewd operator with an incisive mind
dull, vague, dense, superficial, woolly

incisive

adjective
Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:
Translations

incisive

[ɪnˈsaɪsɪv] ADJ [mind] → penetrante; [remark, criticism] → incisivo, mordaz; [tone] → mordaz; [wit] → incisivo

incisive

[ɪnˈsaɪsɪv] adj [comment, mind, person] → incisif/ive, mordant(e)

incisive

adj style, tone, wordsprägnant; criticismtreffend, scharfsinnig; mindscharf; personscharfsinnig

incisive

[ɪnˈsaɪsɪv] adj (mind, remark) → acuto/a; (criticism) → tagliente; (speech, style) → incisivo/a
References in classic literature ?
I am sure he meant well, and I am certain that never, not even at the time, could I bear him malice for his extraordinary gift of incisive criticism.
We'll do our best to win, and any one is at liberty to travel on the same steamer we are to take," added the young inventor, and his tone became more incisive.
Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive.
In this way arose Feudal Socialism: half lamentation, half lampoon;half echo of the past, half menace of the future; at times, by its bitter,witty and incisive criticism, striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart's core; but always ludicrous in its effect, through total incapacity to comprehend the march of modern history.
Blunt in a ragged old jacket and a white tie and that incisive polite voice of his seemed strange and weird.
All at once a violent, rapid, incisive flash of lightning pierced the gloom, and the rent it made had not closed ere a frightful clap of thunder shook the celestial depths.
He had taken care to repeat the incisive statement of his resolve not to be played on any more; and had tried to penetrate Raffles with the fact that he had shown the risks of bribing him to be quite equal to the risks of defying him.
He was amazed at the man's sympathy with life and at his incisive psychology.
The virtues of the Classical are exquisiteness and incisive significance; of the Romantic, richness and splendor.
It may be a weakness of mine that I have an incisive way of speech; but I threw all restraint to the winds and cut and slashed until the whole man of him was snarling.
He had not recovered thoroughly as yet from that state of bewilderment brought about by the effort to follow Mr Vladimir's rapid incisive utterance.
Philip was slow to reply, and when he spoke, his tone had a more incisive quietness and clearness than ever.