Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short account, brief statement; a summary, abridgement or precis
  • n. A brief missive or dispatch; a note.
  • n. A lawyer's brief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short compend; a summary; a brief statement.
  • n. A lawyer's brief.
  • transitive v. To abbreviate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To abridge. Sherwood. See abbreviate.
  • n. A short compend; a brief statement; a summary.
  • n. A lawyer's brief.

Etymologies

From Latin breviātus, perfect passive participle of breviō ("shorten, abridge"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her husband wrote what he called the breviate of her life, from which and from other sources an eloquent writer of the present day has drawn a portrait of her.

    Scripture and Truth: Dissertations by the Late Benjamin Jowett with Introduction by Lewis Campbell.

  • A short breviate of the contents thereof you may, if you please, take here as follows:

    The Holy War

  • This is the breviate and sum of Paul's defence and plea for himself, which, you find in the sequel of the chapter, had a different effect upon his judges.

    The Almost Christian Discovered; or, the False Professor Tried and Cast.

  • Formerly, the Speaker, or those who prepared a bill, prepared also a breviate or summary statement of its contents, which the

    A MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

  • But in the Senate of the United States, both of these formalities are dispensed with; the breviate presenting but an imperfect view of the bill, and being capable of being made to present a false one; and the full statement being a useless waste of time, immediately after a full reading by the clerk; and especially as every member has a printed copy in his hand.

    A MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE

  • 'And now, though you have given a tolerable breviate of this great lawsuit, of whilk everybody has heard something that has walked the boards in the Outer House (here's to ye again, by way of interim decreet) yet ye have omitted to speak a word of the arrestments.'

    Redgauntlet

  • With the reason of the apostle's exhibiting and asserting this summary of sacred faith, and this breviate of evidence attending it.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Here is the most excellent abridgment or breviate of the motives to faith in Christ, of the credentials the Saviour brings with him, and of the evidences of our Christianity, that is to be found, I think, in the book of God, upon which single account, even waiving the doctrine of the divine

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • A short breviate [69] of the contents thereof you may, if you please, take here as follows:

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 03

  • ‘And now, though you have given a tolerable breviate of this great lawsuit, of whilk everybody has heard something that has walked the boards in the Outer House (here’s to ye again, by way of interim decreet) yet ye have omitted to speak a word of the arrestments.’

    Redgauntlet

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