(?), a. [Cf. F. incisif.]
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1. Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; cutting; hence, sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting; trenchant. "An incisive, high voice." G. Eliot.
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And her incisive smile accrediting
That treason of false witness in my blush.
Mrs. Browning.
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2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the incisors; incisor; as, the incisive bones, the premaxillaries.
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3. Clearly and succinctly stated, with penetrating insight into the issue at hand; as, an incisive comment.


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