brief, legal brief(noun)
a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
a condensed written summary or abstract
of short duration or distance
"a brief stay in the country"
concise and succinct
"covered the matter in a brief statement"
(of clothing) very short
"an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"
give essential information to someone
"The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"
An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.
A short news story or report.
A summary, pru00E9cis or epitome; an abridgement or abstract.
To knowledgeably summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power.
The U.S. president was briefed on the military coup and its implications on African stability.
To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.
Of short duration; happening quickly.
Concise; taking few words.
Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short.
Origin: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.
short in duration
concise; terse; succinct
rife; common; prevalent
a short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words
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
a writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2
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
a letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose
to make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings
A brief is a written legal document used in various legal adversarial systems that is presented to a court arguing why one party to a particular case should prevail. In England and Wales, the phrase refers to the papers given to a barrister when they are instructed.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
brēf, n. a short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel: a writ: a short statement of any kind.—adj. short: concise.—adj. Brief′less.—adv. Brief′ly.—n. Brief′ness.—In brief, in few words.—King's briefs, royal mandates ordering collections to be made in chapels for building churches, &c.; Papal brief, such documents as are issued without some of the solemnities proper to bulls.—The brief and the long (Shak.), the short and the long.—To be brief, to speak in a few words; To hold a brief, to be retained as counsel in a case; To take a brief, to undertake a case. [Fr. bref—L. brevis, short.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2192
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2470
Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Adjectives Frequency: #277
The numerical value of brief in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of brief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life is too brief. I had a friend whom I intended to know better. Yesterday he died.
This morning, some of our customers experienced a brief, isolated services interruption which has now been resolved.
Hey, just real quick, I'd like to take a brief moment, because Kaley forgot during her speech to thank her husband, Ryan.
Beside a brief mention about keeping an eye on oil prices, do not expect this inflation report to materially impact today's Fed decision.
There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.
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Translations for brief
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- кратък, сбит, резюме, късBulgarian
- breu, concísCatalan, Valencian
- stručný, krátký, zhuštěný, strohý, stručnýCzech
- byrion, byr, berWelsh
- kort, kortfattetDanish
- kurz, prägnantGerman
- sucinto, corto, resumen, conciso, poner al tanto, breveSpanish
- संक्षिप्त करेंHindi
- tömör, rövid, rHungarian
- համառոտ, կարճArmenian
- 短い, 簡潔なJapanese
- кус, краток, содржаенMacedonian
- kortstondig, samengevat, kort, bondigDutch
- krótki, zwięzłyPolish
- resumir, brevePortuguese
- кра́ткий, коро́ткий, резюме́, сжа́тый, резюми́ровать, краткоеRussian
- ngắn gọnVietnamese
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