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précis

[prey-see, prey-see] /preɪˈsi, ˈpreɪ si/
noun, plural précis
[prey-seez, prey-seez] /preɪˈsiz, ˈpreɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a concise summary.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make a précis of.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < French, noun use of adj., literally, cut short. See precise
Can be confused
précis, precise.
Synonyms
1. digest, condensation, abstract.
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British Dictionary definitions for précisses

precis

/ˈpreɪsiː/
noun (pl) precis, précis (ˈpreɪsiːz)
1.
a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract
verb
2.
(transitive) to make a precis of
Word Origin
C18: from French: precise
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Word Origin and History for précisses

precis

n.

1760, from French noun use of Middle French précis "cut short, condensed" (see precise). As a verb, from 1856.

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