An abridgment

AN ABRIDGMENT. An epitome or compendium of another and larger work, wherein the principal ideas of the larger work are summarily contained. When fairly made, it may justly be deemed, within the meaning of the law, a new work, the publication of which will not infringe the copyright of the work abridged. An injunction, however, will be granted against a mere colorable abridgment. 2 Atk. 143; 1 Bro. C. C. 451; 5 Ves. 709; Lofft's R. 775; Ambl. 403; 5 Ves. 709.; 1 Story, R. 11. See Quotation.
     2. Abridgments of the Law or Digests of Adjudged Cases, serve the very useful purpose of an index to the cases abridged, 5 Co. Rep. 25. Lord Coke says they are most profitable to those who make them. Co. Lit. in preface to the table at the end of the work. With few exceptions, they are not entitled to be considered authoritative. 2 Wils. R. 1, 2; 1 Burr. Rep. 364; 1 Bl. Rep. 101; 3 T. R. 64, 241. See North American Review, July, 1826, pp. 8, 13, for an account of the principal abridgments.

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Of all this mass of epic poetry only the scantiest fragments survive; but happily Photius has preserved to us an abridgment of the synopsis made of each poem of the "Trojan Cycle" by Proclus, i.
To be master of the sea, is an abridgment of a monarchy.
It was long, but I can do no less than favour you with an abridgment of it.
Vain der School favored the jury with an abridgment of the testimony, recounted in such a manner as utterly to confuse the faculties of his worthy listeners.
In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature.
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The term "blog" is an abridgment of the term "web log", which is an online diary or commentary usually maintained by an individual person or group.
This is an abridgment of his full chronicles, which proved too expensive for his target readers, arranged by sovereign from William I to James I.
Price notes that each of Richardson's novels takes an anthologist for its heroine, and that Richardson retrospectively defined the original edition of Clarissa as an abridgment by claiming to recuperate in later editions passages he had left out of the first.
A four-page piece on Proust draws on a staggering wealth of materials: a biography by Jean-Yves Tadie, a volume of Proust's letters, a "field guide" by Roger Shattuck, and an abridgment of A Remembrance of Things Past.
Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is followed by an abridgment of a 2002 speech by Sallie Baliunas, an astrophysicist, entitled "Human-Induced Global Warming is Insignificant.
Rustichello himself was the author of an abridgment of Arthurian stories in a work entitled Meliadus.