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A note, summary, or commentary on some section of a book or a statute that is intended to explain or illustrate its meaning.

An annotation serves as a brief summary of the law and the facts of a case and demonstrates how a particular law enacted by Congress or a state legislature is interpreted and applied. Annotations usually follow the text of the statute they interpret in annotated statutes.

See: caption, comment, explanation, memorandum, notation, note, observation

ANNOTATION, civil law. The designation of a place of deportation. Dig. 32, 1, 3 or the summoning of an, absentee. Dig. lib. 5.
     2. In another sense, annotations were the answers of the prince to questions put to him by private persons respecting some doubtful point of law. See Rescript.

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While the annotations offered are for the most part enlightening, they are uneven and at times even incomplete.
While letters and memoirs form the core of the book--and are very useful--, the short analytical essays that comprise the rest of the chapters, the extensive annotations, and the appendices all also offer a wealth of information and insight into Irish emigration prior to 1830 and a number of important questions related to that migration.
Such annotations have long attracted the attention of literary scholars, art historians, and scholars working in the history of reading and book history, all of whom have used them to reconstruct how readers have interacted with and used texts.
The connections between data, interpretations and hypotheses are captured in the form of annotations that are used by the scientific community for collaboration.
This integration is done at the SQL level so it is easy for the user to write sophisticated queries linking their data in Oracle to genomic annotations accessed via Searcher.
Examples of informative annotations, adapted from Library Choice cards, were then circulated along with others (devised by the course instructor) that were unfocused, emotive, badly organized and poorly expressed.
This is more than a list of lists: the selections are thoughtful and the annotations concise.