Marina
Concise vs Succinct
HI! is there any the difference between Concise and Succinct?
<ul><li>both words are used with summary</li><li>succinct explanation = concise instructions</li><li>succinct answers = concise statement</li></ul>
it looks like I can replace one with another easily.
Which one is more common?
Jun 10, 2020 11:08 AM
Comments · 5
I don’t think there’s a meaningful difference between the two; they can be used interchangeably.

Since these words aren’t normally heard in daily conversation, neither is used more than the other. In fact, if you used “succinct” or “concise” in a conversation, people would think you are well educated.

If you want to use a word that conveys the meaning of these two but is more frequently used and more casual, you can use the word “brief”.
June 10, 2020
Yes, they are similar in meaning ; however 'concise' is usually used when referring to written material, while 'succinct' is more appropriate for a verbal account.
June 10, 2020
Some people say you should use "succinct" for describing written or spoken words that have already been written or spoken. And that you should use concise more often to describe something in the negative.

"the speech is too long you need to make it more concise"
"wow what a succinct and concise speech you delivered"

Other than this they are pretty much interchangeable, yes you are correct all dictionaries suggest you can swap them.

I think concise is possibly more common and most frequently used. I don't really think it is worth arguing about, people will know what you mean whether you say 'succinct' or 'concise'
June 10, 2020
I see them as synonyms with little difference between them. Concise is probably slightly more common.
June 10, 2020
Thank you all so much!
both words are new for me, but your eloquent (one more word from my course book) answers helped me to remember them.
June 10, 2020
Marina
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English, Russian
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