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summary court-martial

noun, U.S. Military
1.
a court-martial composed of one commissioned officer, authorized to try minor offenses against military law.
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  • Offenses of this kind were to be punished by summary court-martial, which had even the power to inflict death.

  • And with a memory o' the last time I'd been up before a summary court-martial, I takes charge of the case.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • Confined, serving sentence—it should be summary court-martial, but let me look at the record.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • On their arrival, the admiral held a summary court-martial, proving to them by his instructions that he was so warranted to do.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • What a fool he'd been to get scared like that, and a summary court-martial couldn't do much to you anyway.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos

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