- a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.
- brief and comprehensive; concise.
- direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast: to treat someone with summary dispatch.
- (of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.
Origin of summary
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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
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
October 11, 2014
Instead, the Lift monitors posture all day long and gives a daily summary of performance.Lumo Lift Vibrates You Into Better Posture
August 26, 2014
I have recently established a web site containing a summary of what actually will be done within the purview of our research.Iran Is Using a Neocon to Hack Its Foes
May 30, 2014
Officially this law is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill.Australian State Bans Right To Protest
March 13, 2014
They prepared a summary of the tale, and then enlarged the summary.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
He had not reckoned upon being dealt with in this summary fashion.The Strolling Saint
The summary of a lesson, given by the class, is a test of the effectiveness of instruction.
Each student should be quizzed on his reading, or should be required to give a summary of it.
As an example of the differences in yield, a summary of the data for 1911 may be given.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- a brief account giving the main points of something
- performed arbitrarily and quickly, without formalitya summary execution
- (of legal proceedings) short and free from the complexities and delays of a full trial
- summary jurisdiction the right a court has to adjudicate immediately upon some matter arising during its proceedings
- giving the gist or essence
Word Origin and History for summary
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."