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Definition of 'earnest'


  1. something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract


  1. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"
       Synonyms: sincere solemn
  2. earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
       Synonyms: dear devout heartfelt
  3. not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
       Synonyms: businesslike

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