Definition of brevity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbrevəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrevəti//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the quality of using few words when speaking or writing synonym conciseness The report is a masterpiece of brevity. Charles Dickens was not known for his brevity. For the sake of brevity, I’d like to make just two points.
  2. 2the fact of lasting a short time the brevity of human life
  3. see also brief
    Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Old French brievete, from Latin brevitas, from brevis ‘brief’.
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