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

  Abstract \Ab"stract`\, n. [See Abstract, a.]
     1. That which comprises or concentrates in itself the
        essential qualities of a larger thing or of several
        things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a
        treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
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              An abstract of every treatise he had read. --Watts.
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              Man, the abstract
              Of all perfection, which the workmanship
              Of Heaven hath modeled.               --Ford.
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     2. A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a
        subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated
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     3. An abstract term.
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              The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might
              have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety." --J.
                                                    S. Mill.
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     4. (Med.) A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance
        mixed with lactose in such proportion that one part of the
        abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
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     Abstract of title (Law), a document which provides a
        summary of the history of ownership of a parcel of real
        estate, including the conveyances and mortgages; also
        called brief of title.
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     Syn: Abridgment; compendium; epitome; synopsis. See
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BRIEF OF TITLE, practice, conveyancing. An abridgment of all the patents, 
  deeds, indentures, agreements, records, and papers relating to certain real 
       2. In making a brief of title, the practitioner should be careful to 
  place every deed and other paper in chronological order. The date of each 
  deed; the names of the parties; the consideration; the description of the 
  property; should be particularly, noticed, and all covenants should also be 
  particularly inserted. 
       3. A vendor of an interest in realty ought to have his title 
  investigated, abstracted, and evidence in proof of it ready to be produced 
  and established before he sells; for if he sell with a confused title, or 
  without being ready to produce deeds and vouchers, he must be at the expense 
  of clearing it. 1 Chit. Pr. 304, 463. 

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