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Meaning of BRIEF

Pronunciation:  breef

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a condensed written summary or abstract
  2. [n]  a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
  3. [adj]  concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief statement"
  4. [adj]  (of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"
  5. [adj]  of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it's a little way away"
  6. [v]  give essential information to someone; "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"
 Synonyms: abbreviated, concise, legal brief, little, short
 See Also: abstract, amicus curiae brief, apprise, apprize, instruct, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document, outline, precis, synopsis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brief\, a. [OE. bref, F. brief, bref, fr. L. brevis; akin
    to Gr. ? short, and perh. to Skr. barh to tear. Cf. {Breve}.]
    1. Short in duration.
             How brief the life of man.            --Shak.
    2. Concise; terse; succinct.
             The brief style is that which expresseth much in
             little.                               --B. Jonson.
    3. Rife; common; prevalent. [Prov. Eng.]
    {In brief}. See under {Brief}, n.
    Syn: Short; concise; succinct; summary; compendious;
         condensed; terse; curt; transitory; short-lived.
  2. \Brief\, adv.
    1. Briefly. [Obs. or Poetic]
             Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief. --Milton.
    2. Soon; quickly. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. \Brief\ (br[=e]f), n. [See {Brief}, a., and cf. {Breve}.]
    1. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few
             Bear this sealed brief, With winged hastle, to the
             lord marshal.                         --Shak.
             And she told me In a sweet, verbal brief. --Shak.
    2. An epitome.
             Each woman is a brief of womankind.   --Overbury.
    3. (Law) An abridgment or concise statement of a client's
       case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial
       at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the
       heads or points of a law argument.
             It was not without some reference to it that I
             perused many a brief.                 --Sir J.
    Note: In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in
          the United States, counsel generally make up their own
    4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See {Breve}, n., 2.
    5. (Scots Law) A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to
       any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge
       to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their
       verdict to pronounce sentence.
    6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a
       collection or charitable contribution of money in
       churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.]
    {Apostolical brief}, a letter of the pope written on fine
       parchment in modern characters, subscribed by the
       secretary of briefs, dated ``a die Nativitatis,'' i. e.,
       ``from the day of the Nativity,'' and sealed with the ring
       of the fisherman. It differs from a bull, in its
       parchment, written character, date, and seal. See {Bull}.
    {Brief of title}, an abstract or abridgment of all the deeds
       and other papers constituting the chain of title to any
       real estate.
    {In brief}, in a few words; in short; briefly. ``Open the
       matter in brief.'' --Shak.
  4. \Brief\, v. t.
    To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to
    brief pleadings.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A written argument by counsel arguing a case, which contains a summary of the facts of the case, pertinent laws, and an argument of how the law applies to the fact situation. Also called a memorandum of law.
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