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Definition of Brief


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

brief in Afrikaans is kort
brief in Danish is kort
brief in Dutch is kortstondig, kort
brief in German is kurz, Auftrag, instruieren, kurz
brief in Italian is breve
brief in Latin is concisus, brevis
brief in Norwegian is kort
brief in Swedish is kortvarig, kort, kort