What does brief mean?

Definitions for brief
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brief, legal briefnoun

    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

  2. briefadjective

    a condensed written summary or abstract

  3. briefadjective

    of short duration or distance

    "a brief stay in the country"

  4. briefadjective

    concise and succinct

    "covered the matter in a brief statement"

  5. abbreviated, briefverb

    (of clothing) very short

    "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"

  6. briefverb

    give essential information to someone

    "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"

Wiktionary

  1. briefnoun

    An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.

  2. briefnoun

    A short news story or report.

  3. briefnoun

    A summary, précis or epitome; an abridgement or abstract.

  4. briefverb

    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.

  5. briefverb

    To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.

  6. briefadjective

    Of short duration; happening quickly.

  7. briefadjective

    Concise; taking few words.

  8. briefadjective

    Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short.

  9. Etymology: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Briefadjective

    short in duration

  2. Briefadjective

    concise; terse; succinct

  3. Briefadjective

    rife; common; prevalent

  4. Briefadverb

    briefly

  5. Briefadverb

    soon; quickly

  6. Briefadjective

    a short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words

  7. Briefadjective

    an epitome

  8. Briefadjective

    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

  9. Briefadjective

    a writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2

  10. Briefnoun

    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

  11. Briefnoun

    a letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose

  12. Briefverb

    to make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings

Freebase

  1. Brief

    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

  1. Brief

    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.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Brief

    A brief summary of all the facts of a client’s case prepared by a solicitor for the instruction of counsel.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2192

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2470

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brief' in Adjectives Frequency: #277

Anagrams for brief »

  1. fiber, fibre

  2. Fiber

  3. Fibre

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brief in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of brief in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

  2. Paton Walsh:

    That is exactly the strategy today and it is working -- to a degree -- not as fast as we would like, perhaps, but we are making gains. the Peshmerga here want to show that they can be united with coalition air power, with Western military advisers, who we understand are in their midst here as well, to launch a successful -- and they hope brief -- offensive towards this town, but also strategically, because of what Sinjar could mean in the future, down the line.

  3. Susheela Kumari:

    For a brief time, my mind is feeling a little bit free, it is getting diverted and I am not thinking about my problems.

  4. Caecilius Statius:

    Grant us a brief delay impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.

  5. Huseyin Naci:

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one third of doctors prescribe exercise in primary care, this is promising, but more doctors should discuss and give brief advice to their patients about the benefits of exercise and refer patients with diabetes to structured exercise programs.

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