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[suhm-uh-ree] /ˈsʌm ə ri/
noun, plural summaries.
1.
a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.
adjective
2.
brief and comprehensive; concise.
3.
direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast:
to treat someone with summary dispatch.
4.
(of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin summārium, equivalent to summ(a) sum + -ārium -ary
Related forms
summariness
[suh-mair-i-nis] /səˈmɛər ɪ nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. outline, précis. Summary, brief, digest, synopsis are terms for a short version of a longer work. A summary is a brief statement or restatement of main points, especially as a conclusion to a work: a summary of a chapter. A brief is a detailed outline, by heads and subheads, of a discourse (usually legal) to be completed: a brief for an argument. A digest is an abridgement of an article, book, etc., or an organized arrangement of material under heads and titles: a digest of a popular novel; a digest of Roman law. A synopsis is usually a compressed statement of the plot of a novel, play, etc.: a synopsis of Hamlet. 2. short, condensed, compact, succinct. 3. curt, terse, peremptory.
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British Dictionary definitions for summariness

summary

/ˈsʌmərɪ/
noun (pl) -maries
1.
a brief account giving the main points of something
adjective (usually prenominal)
2.
performed arbitrarily and quickly, without formality: a summary execution
3.
(of legal proceedings) short and free from the complexities and delays of a full trial
4.
summary jurisdiction, the right a court has to adjudicate immediately upon some matter arising during its proceedings
5.
giving the gist or essence
Derived Forms
summarily, adverb
summariness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin summārium, from summasum1
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Word Origin and History for summariness

summary

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin summarius "of or pertaining to the sum or substance," from Latin summa "whole, gist" (see sum). Sense of "done promptly" is first found 1713. The noun meaning "a summary statement or account" is first recorded c.1500, from Latin summarium "an epitome, abstract, summary," from summa "totality, gist."

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