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Meaning of INCISIVE

Pronunciation:  in'sIsiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth"; "the piercing needle"
  2. [adj]  very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind"; "a keen intelligence"; "of sharp and active intellect"
  3. [adj]  having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "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"
 

INCISIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: acute, discriminating, intelligent, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, perceptive, piercing, sharp
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In*ci"sive\, a. [Cf. F. incisif.]
1. Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating,
   as with a sharp instrument; cutting; hence, sharp; acute;
   sarcastic; biting. ``An incisive, high voice.'' --G.
   Eliot.

         And her incisive smile accrediting That treason of
         false witness in my blush.            --Mrs.
                                               Browning.

2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the incisors; incisor; as, the
   incisive bones, the premaxillaries.

 
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