1. [ adjective ] having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
Synonyms: sharp keen penetrating acute knifelike piercing penetrative discriminating

"an acute observer of politics and politicians" "incisive comments" "icy knifelike reasoning" "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang" "penetrating insight"

Related terms: perceptive
2. [ adjective ] very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation
Synonyms: sharp keen

"an incisive mind" "a keen intelligence" "of sharp and active intellect"

Related terms: intelligent
3. [ adjective ] suitable for cutting or piercing
Synonyms: piercing

"incisive teeth" "the piercing needle"

Related terms: sharp
Similar spelling:   incisively