Pronunciation: (sil'u-bus), [key]
pl. -bus•es, -biPronunciation: (-bī"). [key]

1. an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc.
2. Law.
a. a short summary of the legal basis of a court's decision appearing at the beginning of a reported case.
b. a book containing summaries of the leading cases in a legal field, used esp. by students.
3. (often cap.) Also called Syl'labus of Er'rors. Rom. Cath. Ch.the list of 80 propositions condemned as erroneous by Pope Pius IX in 1864.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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