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A summary; a brief statement, less than the whole.

A synopsis is a condensation of something—for example, a synopsis of a trial record.


noun abridgment, abstract, brief, compend, compendium, condensation, conspectus, digest, epitome, minute, outline, recapitulation, review, summarium, summary, summation
See also: abridgment, abstract, brief, capsule, compendium, digest, pandect, paraphrase, prospectus, restatement, scenario, summary
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Moreover, the level of detail provided in synopsizing the lives, end analyzing the works, of each author, is wildly inconsistent; the "Major Works and Themes" section on Eavan Boland quotes liberally from her poetry and amounts to a mini-essay on her work, while other recent poets are discussed with much more economy.
Third, the government can place sole source orders with certain small disadvantaged businesses without synopsizing the requirement.
For example, "From Detente to Debt Crisis, 1968-1988" (Chapter Six) begins by synopsizing the curious tale of Eugene Hasenfus.