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, précis 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.]
Etymology and Origins
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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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
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- 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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