noun, plural sum·ma·ries.
Origin of summary
Related formssum·mar·i·ness [suh-mair-i-nis] /səˈmɛər ɪ nɪs/, noun
Summārium is a compound of adjective summus “highest, topmost, top” and the noun suffix -ārium. ( Summa, the feminine of summus used as a noun, in mathematics and accounting means “sum, total”: The Romans added their numbers from the bottom up and wrote the total in summā “on the top.”)
Medieval Latin has the adjective summārius “abbreviated, summary,” which was borrowed into Middle English in the 15th century.The adjectival meaning “relating to legal proceedings conducted without certain required formalities” is recorded about 1765, though the corresponding meaning of the adverb summarily appears much earlier.
Examples from the Web for summary
But the lawyer deleted that line from the final version of the summary.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’|Shane Harris, Tim Mak|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You should look at our summary of benefits,” she continued, directing me to a handy online chart of “coverage examples.Despite ObamaCare, US Health System Still a Complete Mess|Molly Worthen|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the Lift monitors posture all day long and gives a daily summary of performance.
I have recently established a web site containing a summary of what actually will be done within the purview of our research.
Officially this law is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill.
An incident, illustrative of his summary methods of dealing with the insolence of his enemies in authority, occurred at Pensacola.The Battle of New Orleans|Zachary F. Smith
Had Dr. Livingstone been in good health, his usual hardihood and indomitable spirit had answered it in a summary way.How I Found Livingstone|Henry M. Stanley
In extenuation of this summary attempt I hasten to explain that its chief merit is its lack of originality.In Morocco|Edith Wharton
Before showing that picture to any Nantucketer, you had best provide for your summary retreat from Nantucket.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
They contain a summary of spiritual guidance for earnest Christians in the ordinary duties of life in the world.Light and Peace|Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani