breve, singular; brevia, plural 1. A summary, a short code of instructions, etc. 2. A writ by which a person was summoned or attached to answer an action, complaint, etc. in a court of law. 3. A small curved mark, like a tiny smile, placed over a vowel to signify that the vowel has a short sound; as with such words as: cat, pet, sit, hot, up.
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Writs. They were called brevia, because of the brevity in which the cause of action was stated in them.
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