01/06/16 Do you Know What ‘BRIEF’ Mean?

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In the U.S., this word means “the written arguments of counsel for consultation by the court.” In G.B., it means “a document by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to appear as an advocate in court,”

Brief, as a verb, occurs primarily in legal, military, diplomatic, and business contexts. E.g., “Both the statutory and constitutional issues have been fully briefed and argued here.” The legal use of this term is an Americanism.