incisive incisive  /ɪn ˈsaɪ sɪv/


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


  1. His incisive commentary on the state of affairs of the country ruffled a lot of feathers.
  2. Paul's slim but incisive book provides considerable information about the world's green challenge.
  3. The question is not whether Mr Brown's article was incisive but whether it was warranted at these troubled times.


  1. John Oliver Steps in as ‘Daily Show’ Replacement

    John Oliver, as guest host of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” has shown that a series with good writers and an appealing cast can be incisive and funny even without its star.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Rick Atkinson closes his war trilogy with 'The Guns at Last Light'

    The former journalist's incisive writing is on excellent display in the final volume of his World War II series. After calling it a masterpiece of deep reporting and powerful storytelling, what more needs to be said of Rick Atkinson's trilogy about World War II?
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. Carter told reporters that Jordan "was one of the world's extraordinary people. He had an incisive analysis of this nation, what it stood for, what its people desired, the political process. He was a superb strategist."
    on May 21, 2008 By: Jimmy Carter Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Tony Blair said: "David was a man who, whatever his past, played a major part in this last 10 years in trying to bring peace to Ulster. His incisive wit and clear, if often controversial, analysis marked him out."
    on Jan 8, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: Independent

  3. "The attitude is very good among the players but in the final third we are not as efficient as we could be," Wenger said. "Our passing is sometimes not incisive enough. Maybe the strikers are not alerted quickly enough. We were not quick or...
    on Feb 23, 2009 By: Arsene Wenger Source: The Times

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