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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)

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.

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."