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Meaning of summary

sum•ma•ry

Pronunciation: (sum'u-rē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
—n.
  1. a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.
—adj.
  1. brief and comprehensive; concise.
  2. direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast: to treat someone with summary dispatch.
  3. (of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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