Definition of summary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌm(ə)ri/

noun (plural summaries)

A brief statement or account of the main points of something: a summary of Chapter Three
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  • The summaries are brief, focussed and numbered for easy identification.
  • Then there is the additional problem that many of us only see brief summaries of these reports in the press.
  • At the time of the inquiry the families had been supplied with summaries of both witness statements and other material used in evidence.
synopsis, precis, résumé, abstract, abridgement, digest, compendium, condensation, encapsulation, abbreviated version;
outline, sketch, rundown, review, summing-up, survey, overview, run-through, notes, recapitulation, recap;
French tour d'horizon;
North American  wrap-up
rare epitome, conspectus, summa


1Not including needless details or formalities; brief: summary financial statements
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  • In addition, short summary statements can be used to denote events, personal strengths, and so on.
  • Attach supporting documentation and details behind the summary page for information.
  • Offer a brief summary answer, links to threads, and outside material.
abridged, abbreviated, shortened, condensed, concise, succinct, thumbnail, compact, terse, short, compressed, cursory, compendious, synoptic;
brief, crisp, pithy, to the point
2 Law (Of a judicial process) conducted without the customary legal formalities: summary arrest
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  • It also shows that copyright holders and their supporters will lean on the police to dispense summary punishment through judicial seizure.
  • The Soviets executed soldiers on an infinitely greater scale, either after due process or as summary military punishment.
  • They have the power of summary arrest and extradition, in spite of existing British laws, which specifically prohibit such action.
immediate, instant, instantaneous, on-the-spot, direct, forthwith, prompt;
speedy, swift, rapid, expeditious, without delay, without hesitation, sudden, hasty, abrupt;
arbitrary, without formality, without notice, without warning, peremptory, without discussion
2.1(Of a conviction) made by a judge or magistrate without a jury.
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  • It retains its character as an indictable offence and it is not a summary conviction before a Court of Petty Sessions.
  • The Crown will proceed by summary conviction, which means there will be no preliminary hearing and the trial will be by judge alone.
  • In those circumstances it would be correct for the judge to remove the issue from the jury and grant summary judgment.


in summary

In short: in summary, there is no clear case for one tax system compared to another
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  • So in summary, the criminals who started this are making more money than you could possibly imagine - the market of naive people is a big one, so you have to admire them in that respect.
  • So, in summary, my experience of Orlistat is heavily balanced on the benefit side of the scale and, given a sensible, disciplined approach to the whole problem of obesity, it has helped.
  • So, in summary, the food we eat has changed immensely since the days when our dinner would have consisted of meat and two veg and is certainly much more diverse than the Ulster Fry.



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  • But the requirement of simplicity and summariness means that elaborate pleadings should in general be avoided.
  • Perhaps it is this very wide coverage that imparts to the book a certain summariness and a certain diffuseness.
  • The very summariness of the trial tells us that justice in Russia is arbitrary.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin summarius, from summa 'sum total' (see sum).

Words that rhyme with summary

flummery, Montgomery, mummery, summery

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