incisive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French incisif

Adjective[edit]

incisive (comparative more incisive, superlative most incisive)

  1. Quickly proceeding to judgment and forceful in expression; decisive; forthright.
    An incisive producer, who expressed vehement disapproval with my pitch upon my first sentence.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      She was like a Beardsley Salome, he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry. His wooing had been brief but incisive.
  2. Intelligently analytical and concise.
  3. Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting.
    • G. Eliot
      An incisive, high voice.
    • Mrs. Browning
      And her incisive smile accrediting / That treason of false witness in my blush.
  4. (anatomy) Of or relating to the incisors.
    the incisive bones, the premaxillaries

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incisive

  1. feminine form of incisif

Noun[edit]

incisive f (plural incisives)

  1. incisor

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Adjective[edit]

incisive

  1. feminine plural of incisivo

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