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English definition of “incisive”


adjective     /ɪnˈsaɪ.sɪv/
expressing an idea or opinion in a clear and direct way that shows good understanding of what is important: incisive questions/commentsEasy to understand incisively     /-li/ adverb Easy to understand incisiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Easy to understand
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