Definition of incisive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsaɪsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsaɪsɪv//
    (approving) Clever
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  1. 1showing clear thought and good understanding of what is important, and the ability to express this incisive comments/criticism/analysis an incisive mind See related entries: Clever
  2. 2showing somebody’s ability to take decisions and act with force an incisive performance See related entries: Clever
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘cutting, penetrating’): from medieval Latin incisivus, from Latin incidere ‘cut into’, from in- ‘into’ + caedere ‘to cut’.Extra examples He had a clear, incisive mind. She is an incisive critic of the current education system. Their comedy is savage and incisive.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incisive