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Adjective: earnest  ur-nist
  1. Characterized by a firm and humourless belief in the validity of your opinions
    "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate";
    - sincere, solemn
     
  2. Sincerely intended and with strong feeling
    "one's most earnest wish";
    - dear, devout, heartfelt
     
  3. Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
    - businesslike
Noun: earnest  ur-nist
  1. Something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

Derived forms: earnests

See also: purposeful, serious, sincere

Type of: security, surety

Encyclopedia: Earnest