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Definition of summary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) giving only the main points of something, not the details a summary financial statement I made a summary report for the records.
  2. 2(sometimes disapproving) done immediately, without paying attention to the normal process that should be followed summary justice/execution a summary judgment
  3. NAmE//səˈmɛrəli//
    adverb to be summarily dismissed/executed
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: summary