1.Brief, Concise, Succinct

2.Detailed, Thorough, Lengthy

I know #1 are derivatives of short and #2 are of long

but there is some subtle difference between them

• Brief= short; not containing too many words

• Concise= giving a lot of information clearly, to the point and in few words.

Now a concise thing can be lengthy , however, it'd be still briefer than what it could have been. As all the unnecessary details are omited

• Succinct= briefly and clearly explained but may or may not contain all the main details

• Detailed= Having many details, showing attention to details. Details are given priority but some of them can be omitted

• Thorough = complete, not even a single detail has to be ruled out

• Lengthy = it can either be detailed or thorough or even long-winded (wordy, having unnecessary details, tedious)

Am I right with my interpretations?

Can't trust the googled definitions since it also lists sentimental as synonym for nostalgic. Lol

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    Your alternatives are not "derivatives" - they're just different words that can sometimes overlap in meaning. And brief doesn't always mean "not containing too many words", as evidenced by widespread usages such as a brief visit [to some person / place] - or even wearing a brief dress. But I never heard of even facetious references to a concise or succinct dress. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '18 at 15:57
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    I think even if you (confusingly, imho) restrict your question to contexts describing written text, the question is effectively "Too Broad". And even if not that, it's predominantly a matter of different people's opinions. A lengthy text, for example, could be either approvingly or disparagingly referenced as such. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '18 at 16:00
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    According to Cambridge Dictionary: A sentimental person is strongly influenced by emotional feelings, especially about happy memories of past events or relationships. Nostalgia: a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness when you think about things that happened in the past. Feelings. Past. I can see a relation. The Oxford Dictionary define sentimental as having or arousing feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia, typically in an exaggerated and self-indulgent way. Feelings, again. Nostalgia explicitly named. – RubioRic Oct 1 '18 at 16:40
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    I think picking out a pile of quasi-synonyms and quasi-antonyms is a hard row to hoe and confusing to say the least. I could have said: brief, short, terse. [replies]. Likewise: detailed, picayune, verbose (answers). So, it can get very complicated. Can you please use capitals when using the pronoun I in English? Thanks. – Lambie Oct 1 '18 at 18:20
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    I agree with @RubioRic - Google definitions are reliable. The key is that most words have many nuances, so it's hard to define a word completely with one short definition. I like using Wordnik, which will list several definitions from three or four dictionaries, thereby giving a more complete sense of everything a word might mean. You might try looking at Wordnik for sentimental and nostalgia to see why Google lists them as synonyms. – J.R. Oct 1 '18 at 18:32

Your definitions are more or less correct. The only thing I would add is that the difference between concise and succinct is subtle. For example you could say:

A concise dictionary of the English language

but not usually

A succinct dictionary of the English language

Both concise and succinct can mean "short and to the point", but concise mostly implies "of reduced size or length". Otherwise, both can be used in the same contexts. Also note that neither requires that the information be useful or meaningful. For example:

The president's speech was concise/succinct, but didn't really say anything of substance.

As for the others: yes, detailed means "having lots of detail", thorough means, "complete", and lengthy means "of significant length".

  • I didn't say it has anything to do with usefulness. by omiting the unnecessary details I meant continued repetition of same thing and some other misc. stuff. and obviously by doing so the text becomes compact, Concise. – user82515 Oct 1 '18 at 17:00
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    @user82287 as I said, your definitions are pretty much correct. I was just adding some additional detail. – Andrew Oct 1 '18 at 17:37