The process was a brief one, but it might have been briefer.
We may add that the briefer form, Neolamarckism, is the more preferable.
One question is all I ask; you can hardly expect me to be briefer.
None could be briefer, for, to arrive at it, man had to be reduced to a minimum.
It was briefer and less satisfactory than he had anticipated.
The last note, dated 1861, ...