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Definitions of brief

  1. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To shorten; to make a shortened statement of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To epitomize; abridge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. give essential information to someone; "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a condensed written summary or abstract Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A short statement of a case for the instruction of a lawyer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Briefness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel: a writ: a short statement of any kind. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. A brief statement of a law-case. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Any short statement, as of a law-case; an epitome. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A short statement, especially of a client's case for the instruction of counsel in conducting it; a writ summoning a man to answer to any action; a letter patent, authorizing a collection of money in churches for any public or private purpose; a papal letter. In brief, in a few words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. An abridged writing; an epitome; short written instructions to counsel in conducting a case before a court of law. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Soon; quickly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief statement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. Short in duration. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Concise; terse; succinct. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Rife; common; prevalent. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. An epitome. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she should prevail. These arguments must be supported by legal authority and precedent, such as statutes, regulations and previous court decisions. Although it is usually possible to submit a brief to a trial court (called a trial brief), briefs are most commonly used as a central part of the appeal process (an appellate brief). But don't be fooled by the name -- briefs are usually anything but brief, as pointed out by writer Franz Kafka, who defined a lawyer as "a person who writes a 10,000 word decision and calls it a brief."
  25. Short: concise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Short in time or space; quickly passing; concise; limited. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for brief

  1. Here it is, in brief It is during a meal, somewhere or another. – Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
  2. There was an eye- witness to this single picture in the brief scene. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
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