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incisive

in·ci·sive

incisive

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn saI sihv
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: cutting.
an incisive blade
synonyms:
acerbic, acrid, biting, caustic, cutting, sharp, tart
similar words:
astringent, censorious, critical, sarcastic, sardonic
definition 2: marked by clear, penetrating thought; sharp.
The student's incisive remarks with respect to the reading impressed the professor.
synonyms:
acute, astute, crisp, keen, knowing, mordant, penetrating, perceptive, sharp, trenchant
antonyms:
vague
similar words:
alert, biting, clever, express, intelligent, perspicacious, pithy, precise, shrewd, smart, tart
definition 3: of or relating to the incisors.
derivations: incisively (adv.), incisiveness (n.)
Word Parts
The word incisive contains the following parts:
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).