pré·​cis | \ prā-ˈsē How to pronounce précis (audio) , ˈprā-(ˌ)sē How to pronounce précis (audio) \
plural précis\ prā-​ˈsēz How to pronounce précis (audio) , ˈprā-​(ˌ)sēz \

Definition of précis

: a concise summary of essential points, statements, or facts

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Examples of précis in a Sentence

a précis of the book's plot a précis of the bill that the legislature is currently considering

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Wallace thrives in one-on-one situations, constantly winning balls and getting the offense moving with precises passes. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "2019 Baltimore-area girls soccer players to watch," 2 Sep. 2019 The English tests included making a 250-word precis of four pages of text, answering questions on extracts from Dickens and Sheridan, and writing an essay on one of the following: Popularity as a test of merit. Hedley Sutton, Quartz India, "What the British Indian police exams looked like a century ago," 19 Aug. 2019 Journalist-historian Jon Meacham offered a more contemplative precis devoid of the inflammatory., "Trump’s “Vicious” Tweet Raises New Questions About His Mental State," 30 June 2017 And this has been merely a precis of acts of actual political violence. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "When White People Realize American Politics Are Violent," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of précis

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for précis

French, from précis precise

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The first known use of précis was in 1760

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English Language Learners Definition of précis

: a brief summary of the main points and ideas of a piece of writing or speech

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