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Dictionary definition for: Serious

1. (a) concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; "a serious student of history" "a serious attempt to learn to ski" "gave me a serious look" "a serious young man" "are you serious or joking?" "Don''t be so serious!"

2. (s) of great consequence; "marriage is a serious matter"

3. (s) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation" "a grave situation" "a grave illness" "grievous bodily harm" "a serious wound" "a serious turn of events" "a severe case of pneumonia" "a life-threatening disease"

4. (s) appealing to the mind; "good music" "a serious book"

5. (a) completely lacking in playfulness

6. (s) requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve; "raised serious objections to the proposal" "the plan has a serious flaw"

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