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EARNEST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does earnest mean? 

EARNEST (noun)
  The noun EARNEST has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: EARNEST used as a noun is very rare.


EARNEST (adjective)
  The adjective EARNEST has 3 senses:

1. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
2. earnest
3. not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

  Familiarity information: EARNEST used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EARNEST (noun)


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Meaning:

Something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("earnest" is a kind of...):

security; surety (property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "earnest"):

arles; earnest money (money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract)


EARNEST (adjective)


Sense 1earnest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

Synonyms:

earnest; solemn; sincere

Context examples:

both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate / an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant / a film with a solemn social message

Similar:

serious (concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities)


Sense 2earnest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Earnest

Synonyms:

heartfelt; devout; earnest; dear

Context examples:

one's dearest wish / devout wishes for their success / heartfelt condolences

Similar:

sincere (open and genuine; not deceitful)


Sense 3earnest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

Synonyms:

businesslike; earnest

Similar:

purposeful (serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal)


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