Definition of summary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌməri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌməri//
    [only before noun]
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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 judgement
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin summarius, from summa ‘sum total’, feminine of summus ‘highest’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: summary