Definition of Precis

1. Noun. A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory.

Exact synonyms: Abstract, Outline, Synopsis
Generic synonyms: Sum-up, Summary
Specialized synonyms: Brief, Apercu, Epitome
Derivative terms: Abstract, Outline, Synoptic



2. Verb. Make a summary (of).
Generic synonyms: Resume, Sum Up, Summarise, Summarize

Definition of Precis

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of précis) ¹

2. Noun. A concise or abridged statement or view. ¹

3. Verb. to write a précis of a work; to summarise, abridge ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Precis

1. to make a concise summary of [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Literary usage of Precis

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1. Facts, Thought, and Imagination: A Book on Writing by Henry Seidel Canby, Frederick Erastus Pierce, Willard Higley Durham (1917)
"A. A precis is a condensed essay, giving in logical sequence the main thoughts or ... What a precis is not. A. The precis is not a paragraph outline of the ..."

2. The Statesman by Henry Taylor (1836)
"THE office of precis-writer sometimes is borne upon the establishment of a minister, ... It may be said of a precis, as Lord Bacon said of an index, ..."

3. Elephant-hunting in East Equatorial Africa: Being an Account of Three Years by Arthur H. Neumann (1898)
"precis gregorii. precis gregorii, Butler, PZS 1895, p. 726, pi. xlii. figs. 7, 8. ... Kirby, op. cit. p. 190 (1871). precis elgiva. precis elgiva ..."

4. Sessional Papers by Canada Parliament (1892)
"precis. Composition and Typewriting. Translation and Composition. precis. ... precis. precis and Stenography. Stenography and Typewriting. precis. precis. ..."

5. Memoirs and Correspondence of Viscount Castlereagh, Second Marquess of by Robert Stewart Castlereagh (1853)
"precis of Russian Memoir on the Conferences in London, on the Slave Trade ... precis du Me'moire annexe au Protocole de la 7me et derniere Conference et des ..."

6. American Army Doctrine for the Post-Cold War by John L. Romjue (1998)
"A precis Directed by General Franks, the SAMS writing team encapsulated the gist of the revision's rationale and direction in the precis, which went to the ..."

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