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As usual, Mary’s comments were incisive.
  direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
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  • As usual, Mary’s comments were incisive.
  • as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
  • How can she be so brilliantly incisive on one page and so infuriatingly obtuse on the next?
  • It still had the southern richness of tone, but it had become suddenly more clear cut and incisive.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express

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  • he made the cut-off sign, sharply, incisively.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • His face glowed with fierce pride and his head nodded wildly—the nod beginning from the waist and including the entire upper portion of his body, with the beard moving back and forth against his chest—each time he was forced to acquiesce to Danny’s rendition of a passage or to Danny’s incisive counter-questioning.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • There was no way I was going to break first—and give Fang the satisfaction? I don’t think so. But I did have an obligation, as leader, to take care of Nudge. As much as I hated to stop and lose time, it was a reality. "Okay, okay. We need food." How’s that for incisive leadership?
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • The pattern was a little changed; the incisiveness of alarm had receded, but the bewilderment and distress were still overwhelming.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • All the Finches had straight incisive eyebrows and heavy-lidded eyes; when they looked slant-wise, up, or straight ahead, a disinterested observer would catch a glimpse of what May-comb called Family Resemblance.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Go gave me her amused face, both elbows on the bar, hands cradling chin, hunkering down for an incisive dissection of my marriage.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • That cold, incisive, ironical voice could belong to but one man in all the world.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Her eyes were olive-green—incisive and clear.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by my friend’s incisive reasoning.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • LISE (choking with anger): But— CYRANO (incisively): I like Ragueneau well, and so—mark me, Dame Lise—I permit not that he be rendered a laughing-stock by any….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Always before, Staff had ended on an incisive air.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But he remained serious and earnest whilst she laughed, and his voice, clear, incisive, and hard, was not raised above his breath as he said,— "Then, as you have heard of that enigmatical personage, citoyenne, you must also have guessed, and know, that the man who hides his identity under that strange pseudonym, is the most bitter enemy of our republic, of France …. of men like Armand St. Just."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He spoke with incisive irony.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Zeena, apparently accepting this as final, lay watching him in silence while he pulled his suspenders over his shoulders and jerked his arms into his coat; but as he went toward the door she said, suddenly and incisively: "I guess you’re always late, now you shave every morning."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Along the sidewalks, with incisive heels and leathery shuffle, young men and women advanced, retreated.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • I was incisive.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Signed with the pseudonym "Jupiter," it was so reasoned, incisive, and well written that it was attributed to some of the most notable writers in the province.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • His voice was sharper, more incisive; no longer did he seem to be hovering on the brink of some profound doubtfulness.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Philip was slow to reply, and when he spoke, his tone had a more incisive quietness and clearness than ever.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Either he is growing stronger, healthier, wiser, as the youth approaching manhood, or he is growing weaker, older, less incisive mentally, as the man approaching old age.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "Miss Bart remains here," his wife rejoined incisively.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • "As a matter of fact, I don’t think there’ve been any really incisive jobs done on him in the last—"
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • "It’s Perezvon’s master, don’t worry about me," Kolya said incisively again.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • She had risked it, but her brother gave her such a terribly incisive look—a look so like a surgeon’s lancet—that she was frightened at her courage.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • But Alice is an extremely intelligent woman with an incisive ability to discern character.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • And now, with typical leaderly incisiveness, I put two and six together and came up with one single question that would get right to the crucial heart of the matter.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • By the third time he heard it, however, he had seen Crispy Pork Rinds, and though he didn’t read all that well, understood clearly his role as the target of Sarah Byrnes’s and my incisive journalistic focus.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • He had taken care to repeat the incisive statement of his resolve not to be played on any more; and had tried to penetrate Raffles with the fact that he had shown the risks of bribing him to be quite equal to the risks of defying him.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Unlike his shorter and more confused brother of the Door of Hope, whom he had not even seen for thirty years, he was a little above the average in height, very well-knit, although comparatively slender, shrewd of eye, and incisive both as to manner and speech.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • In this way arose Feudal Socialism: half lamentation, half lampoon; half echo of the past, half menace of the future; at times, by its bitter, witty and incisive criticism, striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart’s core; but always ludicrous in its effect, through total incapacity to comprehend the march of modern history.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • She needed the whole man to do an incisive article.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • ’ "Jumped," he corrected me incisively.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It was in this incisive strain that Mrs. Tristram moralized over Newman’s so-called neglect, which was in reality a most exemplary constancy.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It may be a weakness of mine that I have an incisive way of speech; but I threw all restraint to the winds and cut and slashed until the whole man of him was snarling.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • See, that was me, sort of incisively singled out, living in a state of pause and stocktaking, twenty years old and stupider than my fellows and desperate to find a place for myself.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Into the darkness it cut incisive as diamond brilliance, beautiful as if from a spear of the morning.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Incisive.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Well, Adam," said Mr. Poyser, feeling that his wife’s words were, as usual, rather incisive than soothing, and that it would be well to change the subject, "you’ll come and see us again now, I hope.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • You know how terribly incisive she is sometimes.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "You don’t seem to understand," he said incisively; then looking at me without a wink, "I may have jumped, but I don’t run away."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Mrs. Tristram, looking about her, dropped a series of softly-incisive comments upon her fellow-guests.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most inextricable mysteries.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He put his hands on the table to steady himself, his incisive features melted, his eyebrows shot up, he laughed loudly.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "You must be prepared for anything," said the doctor in emphatic and incisive tones, and dropping his eyes, he was about to step out to the coach.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
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