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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A concise summary of a book, article, or other text; an abstract.
  • transitive v. To make a précis of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A concise or abridged statement or view.
  • v. to write a précis of a work; to summarise, abridge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A concise or abridged statement or view; an abstract; a summary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A concise statement; a summary; an abstract.
  • n. The act or process of drawing up a précis or abstract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a summary (of)
  • n. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

Etymologies

French, from Old French precis, condensed; see precise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French précis ("precise"), substantive use of the adjective. (Wiktionary)

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