incisive definition

  • adjective:
    • Penetrating, clear, and razor-sharp, as with procedure or appearance: an incisive mind; incisive responses.
    • rapidly proceeding to wisdom and powerful in appearance; definitive; forthright.
    • Intelligently analytical and brief.
    • obtaining the top-notch incising, cutting, or acute, as with a-sharp instrument; razor-sharp; intense; sarcastic; biting.
    • Of or regarding the incisors.
    • obtaining the top-notch incising, cutting, or acute, just like a sharp instrument; cutting
    • Of or related to the incisors; incisor.
    • plainly and succinctly claimed, with acute insight into the problem at hand.
    • having or showing power to recognize or draw good distinctions
    • ideal for cutting or piercing
  • others:
    • obtaining the quality of cutting into or dividing the substance of any such thing; cutting, or useful for cutting: as, the incisive teeth.
    • Figuratively, greatly and demonstrably expressive; penetrating; trenchant; razor-sharp; acute.
    • obtaining the energy of splitting up or dissolving viscid or coagulated humors.
    • In structure and zoology: getting the character, function, or situation of an incisor tooth; incisorial.
    • Pertaining in any way to an incisor; situated near incisors; containing incisors: similar to premaxillary or intermaxillary and prepalatine.
  • noun:
    • In entomology, the incisive edge of the mandible of a beetle. See incisive side, above.

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