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Dictionary definition for: Earnest

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

2. (s) 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"

3. (s) earnest; "one''s dearest wish" "devout wishes for their success" "heartfelt condolences"

4. (s) not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

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