Ear´nest   Pronunciation: ẽr´nĕst
n.1.Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
Take heed that this jest do not one day turn to earnest.
- Sir P. Sidney.
And given in earnest what I begged in jest.
- Shak.
In earnest
serious; seriously; not in jest; earnestly.
a.1.Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; - used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
An earnest advocate to plead for him.
- Shak.
2.Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
3.Serious; important.
They whom earnest lets do often hinder.
- Hooker.
v. t.1.To use in earnest.
To earnest them [our arms] with men.
- Pastor Fido (1602).
n.1.Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
- 2 Cor. i. 22.
2.(Law) Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.
Earnest money
(Law) money paid as earnest, to bind a bargain or to ratify and prove a sale.
Noun1.earnest - something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
Adj.1.earnest - 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"
2.earnest - earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
Synonyms: heartfelt, devout, dear
3.earnest - not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
Synonyms: businesslike

EARNEST, contracts. The payment of a part of the price of goods sold, or the delivery of part of such goods, for the purpose of binding the contract.
     2. The effect of earnest is to bind the goods sold, and upon their being paid for without default, the buyer is entitled to them. But notwithstanding the earnest, the money must be paid upon taking away the goods, because no other time for payment is appointed; earnest only binds the bargain, and gives the buyer a right to demand, but a demand without payment of the money is void; after earnest given the vendor cannot sell the goods to another, without a default in the vendee, and therefore if the latter does not come and pay, and take the goods, the vendor ought to go and request him, and then if he does not come, pay for the goods and take them away in convenient time, the agreement is dissolved, and he is at liberty to sell them to any other person. 1 Salk. 113: 2 Bl. Com. 447; 2 Kent, Com. 389; Ayl. Pand. 450; 3 Campb. R. 426.

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