• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breviate A lawyer's brief.
    • Breviate A short compend; a summary; a brief statement. "I omit in this breviate to rehearse.""The same little breviates of infidelity have . . . been published and dispersed with great activity."
    • v. t Breviate To abbreviate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • breviate To abridge. Sherwood. See abbreviate.
    • n breviate A short compend; a brief statement; a summary.
    • n breviate A lawyer's brief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Breviate brē′vi-āt a short compendium: a lawyer's brief.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. breviatus, p. p. of breviare, to shorten, brevis, short
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. breviātusbreviāre, to shorten—brevis, short.


In literature:

This he calls drawing of breviates.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
A Breviate touching the Order and Government of the House of a Nobleman.
"Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine" by William Carew Hazlitt
I send by poor Lovelace's desire, for particulars of the fatal breviate thou sentest him this night.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Prynne's Breviate annotated by Abp.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various