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precis or précis (ˈpreɪsiː Pronunciation for )



Word forms:   plural precis, précis  (ˈpreɪsiːz Pronunciation for
  1. a summary of the essentials of a text; abstract


  1. (transitive) to make a precis of

Word Origin

C18: from French: precise

Example Sentences Including 'precis'

As a master of the biological precis , he condenses huge amounts of information into small, easily digestible pieces.
New Scientist (1998)
At the literary level, it is the art of precis writing in excelsis.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
From some book of her own Miss Derwent, the English mistress, had given the form a lengthy paragraph for precis work.
Brent-Dyer, Elinor Challenge for the Chalet School
Regardie's A Garden of Pomegranates gives a briefer precis of the path on its pp.
Kinahan, Frank Yeats, Folklore, and Occultism: Contexts of the Early Work and Thought.
The report was a fair, accurate and conservative precis of proceedings.
Misc (1995)
To precis this notion, we have Zeus claiming, "Women are good for only one thing!
Globe and Mail (2003)


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