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Definitions of brief

  1.   of clothing very short an abbreviated swimsuit a brief bikini
  2.   give essential information to someone The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade
  3.   a condensed written summary or abstract
  4.   a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
  5.   concise and succinct covered the matter in a brief statement
  6.   of short duration or distance a brief stay in the country in a little while it's a little way away
  7.   Short in duration
  8.   Concise terse succinct
  9.   Rife common prevalent
  10.   Briefly
  11.   Soon quickly
  12.   A short concise writing or letter a statement in few words
  13.   An epitome
  14.   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
  15.   A writ a breve See Breve n 2
  16.   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
  17.   A letter patent from proper authority authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches for any public or private purpose
  18.   To make an abstract or abridgment of to shorten as to brief pleadings
  19.   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
  20.   Short concise condensed
  21.   A short statement of a case for the instruction of a lawyer
  22.   To shorten to make a shortened statement of
  23.   Briefness
  24.   Short concise
  25.   A short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel a writ a short statement of any kind
  26.   A brief statement of a law case
  27.   To epitomize abridge
  28.   Short in time or space quickly passing concise limited
  29.   Any short statement as of a law case an epitome
  30.   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
  31.   An abridged writing an epitome short written instructions to counsel in conducting a case before a court of law

Quotes of brief

  1. In brief Western democracy as other political models is not exportable to all regions of the world – Omar Bongo
  2. Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use hurting others but it was a path of quiet rebellion of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world lost in the midst of finding my identity – Jennifer Capriati
  3. His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define Of inspiration one percent of perspiration ninety nine – Thomas A. Edison
  4. A brief visit to Nepal started my insatiable love for Asian art – Richard Ernst
  5. It's a difficult job to do but that is why we do it Only so many people can do it But it it enables you to for a brief period of time to kind of get away You have to go back and deal with but it's a good escape – Brett Favre
  6. I will be brief Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali who gave the world's shortest speech He said I will be so brief I have already finished and he sat down – Gene Fowler
  7. Never thank anybody for anything except a drink of water in the desert and then make it brief – Gene Fowler
  8. If Senator Kerry decides to join us for an hour then we may only use one or two brief clips And use the bulk of what he has to tell us as part of that program – Mark E. Hyman
  9. There is a brief moment when all there is in a man's mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes his hands his attitude This is the moment to record – Yousuf Karsh
  10. We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism necessary only in backward countries – John McCarthy
  11. There is something wrong about the man who wants help There is somewhere a deep defect a want in brief a need a crying need somewhere about that man – Herman Melville
  12. On a cosmic scale our life is insignificant yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise – Paul Ricoeur
  13. In the sphere of thought absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods – Arthur Schopenhauer
  14. The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the basis of which he said there was authority for war – Clare Short
  15. When you become part of something in some way you count It could be a march it could be a rally even a brief one You're part of something and you suddenly realize you count To count is very important – Studs Terkel

Usage examples for brief

  1. “ For a brief second the Indian hesitated – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  2. The message was brief – Green Fancy by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. Listen please I will be very brief – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  4. “ I know was the brief answer – Killykinick by Mary T. Waggaman
  5. Your man is certainly some brief and to the point – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  6. In a brief time the two white men advanced to the camp – The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine by Ross Kay
  7. “ Menie dear child has had a life bright and brief – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  8. But no matter lies are brief – Yolanda of Cyprus by Cale Young Rice
  9. “ I will be brief said Maritza ” – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  10. Little did I think then that in twelve brief hours he would know their reality better than I possibly could – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  11. There was an eye witness to this single picture in the brief scene – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. There was a brief or almost no struggle – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  13. After a brief absence Fanny returned with news of my lord – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  14. The brief enthusiasm died out of Dan's face – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  15. With this blank full upon her she stood there for one brief unprecedented instant in her life a figure without presence or effect – A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life. by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  16. Here it is in brief It is during a meal somewhere or another – Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
  17. Then the warrior whom Spotted Deer believed to be the Shawnee chief made a brief talk – Spotted Deer by Elmer Gregor
  18. Another time But we must be brief – Strange True Stories of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
  19. “ That's decided was the brief answer – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  20. Let me tell my story quietly to the end and I will be brief – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai

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