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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The rationale governing the compiler's choice of what to include or exclude and which entries to annotate and which ones to leave unannotated is open to speculation.
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"Our aim in this bibliography has been to itemize and annotate secondary studies that treat allusion as a literary device of style" (178).
Since the human mind "snaps instantly" by association from one idea to the next, Bush proposed a device called a "memex" (for "memory extender")--a kind of giant desk packed with oodles of microform texts that would allow a reader to annotate and quickly rearrange the retrieved information.
The downside is the need to annotate (tick marks, references, signoffs, etc) the documents electronically.
Needless to say, they were also too busy to ask questions, annotate their notes, or think about what it was that they were speedily scribbling in their notebooks.