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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. brief

    A sketch is a rough, suggestive presentation of anything, whether graphic or literary, commonly intended to be preliminary to a more complete or extended treatment. An outline gives only the bounding or determining lines of a figure or a scene; a sketch may give not only lines, but shading and color, but is hasty and incomplete. The lines of a sketch are seldom so full and continuous as those of an outline, being, like the shading or color, little more than indications or suggestions according to which a finished picture may be made; the artist's first representation of a sunset, the hues of which change so rapidly, must of necessity be a sketch. Draft and plan apply especially to mechanical drawing, of which outline, sketch, and drawing are also used; a plan is strictly a view from above, as of a building or machine, giving the lines of a horizontal section, originally at the level of the ground, now in a wider sense at any height; as, a plan of the cellar; a plan of the attic. A mechanical drawing is always understood to be in full detail; a draft is an incomplete or unfinished drawing; a design is such a preliminary sketch as indicates the object to be accomplished or the result to be attained, and is understood to be original. One may make a drawing of any well-known mechanism, or a drawing from another man's design; but if he says, "The design is mine," he claims it as his own invention or composition. In written composition an outline gives simply the main divisions, and in the case of a sermon is often called a skeleton; a somewhat fuller suggestion of illustration, treatment, and style is given in a sketch. A lawyer's brief is a succinct statement of the main facts involved in a case, and of the main heads of his argument on points of law, with reference to authorities cited; the brief has none of the vagueness of a sketch, being sufficiently exact and complete to form, on occasion, the basis for the decision of the court without oral argument, when the case is said to be "submitted on brief." Compare DESIGN.

    design, draft, drawing, outline, picture, plan, skeleton, sketch

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brief, legal briefnoun

    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

    legal brief

    long, prolix

  2. briefadjective

    a condensed written summary or abstract

    legal brief

    long, prolix

  3. briefadjective

    of short duration or distance

    "a brief stay in the country"


    long, prolix

  4. briefadjective

    concise and succinct

    "covered the matter in a brief statement"


    long, prolix

  5. abbreviated, briefverb

    (of clothing) very short

    "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"

    truncated, shortened, abbreviated

    prolix, long

  6. briefverb

    give essential information to someone

    "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"

    prolix, long

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. briefadjective

    short, concise, succinct, compendious, laconic, CURT

  2. briefadjective

    transitory, fleeting, transient, temporary, short-lived, ephemeral

  3. briefnoun

    epitome, compendium, summary, synopsis, syllabus, abstract, breviary, abridgment, conspectus

  4. briefnoun

    pontifical letter, papal rescript

  5. briefnoun

    (Law.) writ, precept

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. briefadjective

    short-lived, ephemeral, transient, transitory, terse, concise, short

  2. briefnoun

    breviary, epitome, summary, writ, precept, breve

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  1. David Davis:

    All sort of meetings take place in a cabinet minister's office, well beyond the reach of your brief, you could have classified documents on a desk ; you could have briefings on matters of national security.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    Because the addendum is not public, today's vote is no substitute for action by the Administration and intelligence community to more fully brief the American people on what foreign powers may be doing to influence the election and do so in real time, we must not have another presidential election marred by foreign interference when there was more we could do to prevent it, deter it and expose it to the American people.

  3. Yale University:

    It's key to give them the level of information they want at the level of their request, comfort, explain and let it go. It can be really very brief.

  4. Microsoft Corp:

    This morning, some of our customers experienced a brief, isolated services interruption which has now been resolved.

  5. Joseph Gradisher:

    Navy officials did indeed meet with interested congressional members and staffers on Wednesday to provide a classified brief on efforts to understand and identify these threats to the safety and security of our aviators, follow-up discussions with other interested staffers are scheduled for later today( Thursday, 20 June). Navy officials will continue to keep interested congressional members and staff informed. Given the classified nature of these discussions, we will not comment on the specific information provided in these Hill briefings.

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