What does summary mean?
Definitions for summary
ˈsʌm ə risum·ma·ry
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word summary.
a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
"he gave a summary of the conclusions"
performed speedily and without formality
"a summary execution"; "summary justice"
compendious, compact, succinct, summaryadjective
briefly giving the gist of something
"a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
An abstract or a condensed presentation of the substance of a body of material.
Concise, brief or presented in a condensed form
A summary review is in the appendix.
Performed speedily and without formal ceremony.
They used summary executions to break the resistance of the people.
Performed by cutting the procedures of a normal trial.
Summary justice is bad justice.
Etymology: (Adjective) From summarius, from summa.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Short; brief; compendious.
Etymology: sommaire, French; from sum.
Directed them to mind their brief,
Nor spend their time to shew their reading,
She’d have a summary proceeding. Jonathan Swift.
Etymology: from the adj.
We are enforc’d from our most quiet sphere
By the rough torrent of occasion;
And have the summary of all our griefs,
When time shall serve, to shew in articles. William Shakespeare, H. IV.
In that comprehensive summary of our duty to God, there is no express mention thereof. John Rogers.
formed into a sum; summed up; reduced into a narrow compass, or into few words; short; brief; concise; compendious; as, a summary statement of facts
hence, rapidly performed; quickly executed; as, a summary process; to take summary vengeance
a general or comprehensive statement; an abridged account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium, containing the sum or substance of a fuller account
Etymology: [F. sommaire, or L. summarium. See Summary, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sum′a-ri, adj. summed up or condensed: short: brief: compendious: done by a short method.—n. an abstract, abridgment, or compendium.—adv. Summ′arily.—n. Summ′ariness.—v.t. Summ′arise, to present in a summary or briefly.—ns. Summ′arist; one who summarises; Summ′ūla, a brief educational text-book.—Summary diligence (Scots law), the process by which execution may proceed without the need of further application to the court, in the case of bonds and other instruments registered for execution.
Concise in form.
The summary of information was very helpful.
Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'summary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3468
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'summary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3636
Rank popularity for the word 'summary' in Nouns Frequency: #1381
The numerical value of summary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of summary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of summary in a Sentence
Since the start of Russia's war on Ukraine, Amnesty International has documented crimes under international law, like summary killings of captives by Russia-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and extrajudicial executions of Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces.
I don't want a summary of Robert Mueller report, i want the whole damn report because nobody, especially this President, is above the law.
This horrific assault is yet another apparent example of complete disregard for human life and dignity in Ukraine committed by Russian forces. All those suspected of criminal responsibility must be investigated, since the start of Russia's war on Ukraine, Amnesty International has documented crimes under international law, like summary killings of captives by Russia-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and extrajudicial executions of Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration:
In summary, the proposed study is a unique opportunity to examine the influence of space flight on the mutation rate and diversity of human persistent viruses and to assess the potential risk of virus mutations accumulating during long-duration missions.
There is Hillary Clinton message, this is completely smothering Hillary Clinton campaign. What's going to hurt Hillary Clinton, it reinforces the idea of Hillary Clinton being untrustworthy, living by a different set of rules. But that's known, I think it's baked-in, Krauthammer said. Krauthammer said the summary released by the FBI of its investigation into Clinton's use of email server.
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- resum, sumariCatalan, Valencian
- shrnutí, souhrn, stručnýCzech
- zusammenfassend, ZusammenfassungGerman
- περίληψη, σύνοψηGreek
- juizio apurado, sumario, a todo dar, resumen, apuradoSpanish
- tiivistetty, lyhyt, pika-, yhteenveto, lyhennelmä, tiivistelmä, summittainenFinnish
- sommaire, compte rendu, récapitulation, résuméFrench
- achoimriú, achoimreIrish
- giorrachadh, geàrr-chunntasScottish Gaelic
- whakarāpopototanga, whakarāpopotoMāori
- samenvatting, overzicht, opsommingDutch
- sammendrag, resuméNorwegian
- streszczenie, skrót, doraźnyPolish
- resumo, sumárioPortuguese
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