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précis (noun) summary

A précis of a speech or a piece of writing is the summary of the speech or the piece of writing. A précis contains the main points or the important ideas of a speech or a piece of writing. The précis of a passage is the abridgement of the passage.

  • The president ordered his staff to give him a précis of the opposition leader’s speeches, as he did not have enough time to go through their actual speeches. He wanted a concise and brief summary of their speeches.
  • The précis was badly made. Though brief, it omitted some of the important ideas in the original passage and included some needless details.
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