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incisive adj
1 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" [syn: acute, discriminating, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
2 very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation; "an incisive mind"; "a keen intelligence"; "of sharp and active intellect" [syn: keen, sharp]
3 suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth"; "the piercing needle" [syn: piercing]

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  1. (Of an action) quick and direct.
  2. Intelligently analytical and concise.

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  1. Feminine plural form of incisivo

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