Definitions of brief

  1. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.
  2. To shorten; to make a shortened statement of.
  3. To epitomize; abridge.
  4. a condensed written summary or abstract
  5. a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
  6. 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.
  7. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
  8. A short statement of a case for the instruction of a lawyer.
  9. Briefness.
  10. A short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel: a writ: a short statement of any kind.
  11. A brief statement of a law- case.
  12. Any short statement, as of a law- case; an epitome.
  13. A short statement, especially of a client's case for the instruction of counsel in conducting it; a writ summoning a man to answer to any action; a letter patent, authorizing a collection of money in churches for any public or private purpose; a papal letter. In brief, in a few words.
  14. An abridged writing; an epitome; short written instructions to counsel in conducting a case before a court of law.
  15. Soon; quickly.
  16. concise and succinct; " covered the matter in a brief statement"
  17. Short in duration.
  18. Concise; terse; succinct.
  19. Rife; common; prevalent.
  20. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
  21. An epitome.
  22. 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.
  23. A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she should prevail. These arguments must be supported by legal authority and precedent, such as statutes, regulations and previous court decisions. Although it is usually possible to submit a brief to a trial court ( called a trial brief), briefs are most commonly used as a central part of the appeal process ( an appellate brief). But don't be fooled by the name -- briefs are usually anything but brief, as pointed out by writer Franz Kafka, who defined a lawyer as " a person who writes a 10, 000 word decision and calls it a brief."
  24. Short: concise.
  25. Short in time or space; quickly passing; concise; limited.