Definition of headnote in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌnōt/


1A note inserted at the head of an article, reported law case, or other document, summarizing or commenting on the content.
Example sentences
  • Forrest-Thomson's ‘Cordelia’ mentions him by name; Tuma's headnotes or footnotes note Prynne's influence on perhaps a dozen others.
  • Since I had had my own doubts over ‘London’ I swallowed my scorn and sent off my preliminary selection: ten from Innocence, six from Experience, and three others, with headnotes and annotations on words not every kid might know.
  • This anthology of documents, along with extensive headnotes, has an ambitious purpose - indeed, more than one.
1.1 Law A summary of a decided case prefixed to the case report, setting out the principles behind the decision and an outline of the facts.
Example sentences
  • I will not quote them verbatim, because they appear to me to be admirably and correctly encapsulated in paragraph 2 of the headnote to the report, which I do quote.
  • The majority decision on the question of the scope of the brokers duty is, I think, well summarised in the headnote to the report.
  • It is sufficient to quote the summary of the decision which is given in the headnote in these terms.

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Syllabification: head·note

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