Definition of "summary" []

  • Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise: a summary review. (adjective)
  • Performed speedily and without ceremony: summary justice; a summary rejection. (adjective)
  • A presentation of the substance of a body of material in a condensed form or by reducing it to its main points; an abstract. (noun)
  • A brief account giving the main points of something (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Performed arbitrarily and quickly, without formality (adjective)
  • (of legal proceedings) short and free from the complexities and delays of a full trial (adjective)
  • Giving the gist or essence (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "summary" in a sentence
  • "In such cases, one usually can avoid the term summary judgment and say that “the judge dismissed the case before trial”"
  • "Rather than repeating the story, here's what's happening in summary from the Art Newspaper .."
  • "This, in summary, is the Roosevelt Recovery Programme."