One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A note inserted at the head of an article, reported law case, or other document, summarizing or commenting on the content.
- ‘We can see from this post, that I didn't: I simply read the headnote.’
- ‘This anthology of documents, along with extensive headnotes, has an ambitious purpose - indeed, more than one.’
- ‘It's all footnotes, random thoughts, tiny paragraphs, short sentences, more footnotes, some headnotes, and more random thoughts.’
- ‘The catchwords in the headnote say it all really.’
- ‘In fact, headnotes, sidebars, and chapter introductions do a lot more to separate the good cookbooks from the bad than recipes.’
- ‘Salter accounts for most of the music in the first headnote, with only Sherlock Holmes and The Voice of Terror written by Skinner.’
- ‘In an effort to unify the collection, Hansen provides a headnote to each of the pieces.’
- ‘One sees that very clearly in the headnote at page 408, the first two holdings.’
- ‘Since I had had my own doubts over ‘London’ I swallowed my scorn and sent off my preliminary selection: ten from Innocence, six from Experience, and three others, with headnotes and annotations on words not every kid might know.’
- ‘Forrest-Thomson's ‘Cordelia’ mentions him by name; Tuma's headnotes or footnotes note Prynne's influence on perhaps a dozen others.’
- ‘Wishing to be sensitive to this complexity, I have not imposed uniform terms in my headnotes or introductions.’
- ‘She does much the same thing, too, in her brief but lucid headnotes to the varied selections.’
- 1.1Law A summary of a decided case prefixed to the case report, setting out the principles behind the decision and an outline of the facts.
summary, precis, synopsis, abstract, outline, summarization, summationView synonyms
- ‘The relevant parts of the decision are, I think, accurately represented by the first two and fourth paragraphs of the headnote as follows.’
- ‘I will not quote them verbatim, because they appear to me to be admirably and correctly encapsulated in paragraph 2 of the headnote to the report, which I do quote.’
- ‘The majority decision on the question of the scope of the brokers duty is, I think, well summarised in the headnote to the report.’
- ‘The following summary of facts in that case is as they appear in the headnote of the unreported version, pp. 1-2.’
- ‘It is sufficient to quote the summary of the decision which is given in the headnote in these terms.’
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