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Précis GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

Précis GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/ˈpreɪ.si/ (noun & verb)

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Noun: a short version of a text or speech that gives only the gist, compendium, summary, synopsis, sketch, outline, abstract, wrap-up, summation

Verb: sum up, summarize, put in a nutshell, shorten, abridge, condense, abbreviate, synopsize


Precis comes from a French word “précis”, and is literally translated “as precise, clear, up to the point”. The precis meaning pertains to a summary of any writing piece, be it a book, an article, or a novel. What is typical for this unusual type of assignment is the outline of the main points and arguments presented in the given text. Any deep or critical analysis should not be provided in precis, but it should nevertheless objectively explain the situation narrated in this or that literary piece.



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