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From French précis (“precise"), substantive use of the adjective.
French from Old French precis condensed precise
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The military and historical works comprise precis of the wars of Julius Caesar, Turenne and Frederick the Great.
British War Office, Précis of information concerning Zululand (1894) and Precis.
A specimen of another butterfly (Precis sesamus) which mimics the Acraea was then offered in the same manner.
The Lord's Prayer was communicated with similar solemnity in the West (traditio precis).
During the Reign of Terror he was imprisoned at St Lazare; there he began his Precis de l'histoire universelle, afterwards published in nine volumes.
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