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INCISIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incisive mean? 

INCISIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INCISIVE has 2 senses:

1. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
2. suitable for cutting or piercing

  Familiarity information: INCISIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCISIVE (adjective)


Sense 1incisive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Synonyms:

piercing; penetrative; penetrating; keen; incisive; knifelike; discriminating; acute; sharp

Context examples:

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

Similar:

perceptive (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment)


Sense 2incisive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suitable for cutting or piercing

Synonyms:

incisive; piercing

Context examples:

incisive teeth / the piercing needle

Similar:

sharp (having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing)


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