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noun, plural summaries.
a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.
brief and comprehensive; concise.
direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast:
to treat someone with summary dispatch.
(of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.
noun (pl) -maries
a brief account giving the main points of something
adjective (usually prenominal)
performed arbitrarily and quickly, without formality: a summary execution
(of legal proceedings) short and free from the complexities and delays of a full trial
summary jurisdiction, the right a court has to adjudicate immediately upon some matter arising during its proceedings
giving the gist or essence


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