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Definition of brief:

  1. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
  2. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
  3. 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.
  4. A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
  5. 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.
  6. An epitome.
  7. Briefly.
  8. Concise; terse; succinct.
  9. Rife; common; prevalent.
  10. Short in duration.
  11. Soon; quickly.
  12. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.


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