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Incisive definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INCI'SIVE, a. Having the quality of cutting or separating the superficial part of any thing.
Incisive teeth, in animals, are the fore teeth, the cutters.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: 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" [syn: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
2: suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: circa 1834 impressively direct and decisive (as in manner or presentation) <an incisive analysis> <an incisive unsentimental writer> incisively adverb incisiveness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 mentally sharp; acute. 2 clear and effective. 3 cutting, penetrating. Derivatives: incisively adv. incisiveness n. Etymology: med.L incisivus (as INCISE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incisive In*ci"sive, a. [Cf. F. incisif.] 1. Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; cutting; hence, sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting. ``An incisive, high voice.'' --G. Eliot. And her incisive smile accrediting That treason of false witness in my blush. --Mrs. Browning. 2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the incisors; incisor; as, the incisive bones, the premaxillaries.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

You use incisive to describe a person, their thoughts, or their speech when you approve of their ability to think and express their ideas clearly, briefly, and forcefully. ...a shrewd operator with an incisive mind... ADJ [approval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Cutting. 2. Sharp, acute, sarcastic, satirical, severe, biting. 3. Sharp-cut, clear, distinct, trenchant, penetrating, acute, going straight to the heart of the matter.

Moby Thesaurus

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