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 for Apostolical brief
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L.
     apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.]
     1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times,
        or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the
        apostolic age.
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     2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or
        taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice.
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     3. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.
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     Apostolical brief. See under Brief.
     Apostolic canons, a collection of rules and precepts
        relating to the duty of Christians, and particularly to
        the ceremonies and discipline of the church in the second
        and third centuries.
     Apostolic church, the Christian church; -- so called on
        account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order.
        The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem
        were called apostolic churches.
     Apostolic constitutions, directions of a nature similar to
        the apostolic canons, and perhaps compiled by the same
        authors or author.
     Apostolic fathers, early Christian writers, who were born
        in the first century, and thus touched on the age of the
        apostles. They were Polycarp, Clement, Ignatius, and
        Hermas; to these Barnabas has sometimes been added.
     Apostolic king (or majesty), a title granted by the pope
        to the kings of Hungary on account of the extensive
        propagation of Christianity by St. Stephen, the founder of
        the royal line. It is now a title of the emperor of
        Austria in right of the throne of Hungary.
     Apostolic see, a see founded and governed by an apostle;
        specifically, the Church of Rome; -- so called because, in
        the Roman Catholic belief, the pope is the successor of
        St. Peter, the prince of the apostles, and the only
        apostle who has successors in the apostolic office.
     Apostolical succession, the regular and uninterrupted
        transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of
        bishops from the apostles to any subsequent period.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brief \Brief\ (br[=e]f), n. [See Brief, a., and cf. Breve.]
     1. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few
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              Bear this sealed brief,
              With winged hastle, to the lord marshal. --Shak.
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              And she told me
              In a sweet, verbal brief.             --Shak.
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     2. An epitome.
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              Each woman is a brief of womankind.   --Overbury.
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     3. (Law) An abridgment or concise statement of a client's
        case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial
        at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the
        heads or points of a law argument.
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              It was not without some reference to it that I
              perused many a brief.                 --Sir J.
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     Note: In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in
           the United States, counsel generally make up their own
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     4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
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     5. (Scots Law) A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to
        any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge
        to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their
        verdict to pronounce sentence.
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     6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a
        collection or charitable contribution of money in
        churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.]
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     7. pl. a type of men's underpants without legs, fitting
        tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called
        Jockey shorts.
     Apostolical brief, a letter of the pope written on fine
        parchment in modern characters, subscribed by the
        secretary of briefs, dated "a die Nativitatis," i. e.,
        "from the day of the Nativity," and sealed with the ring
        of the fisherman. It differs from a bull, in its
        parchment, written character, date, and seal. See Bull.
     Brief of title, an abstract or abridgment of all the deeds
        and other papers constituting the chain of title to any
        real estate.
     In brief, in a few words; in short; briefly. "Open the
        matter in brief." --Shak.
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