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earnest

adjective assiduous, bent upon, concentrating, conscientious, determined, devoted, diligent, eager, enixus, enthusiastic, fervent, firm, grave, gravis, impassioned, intent, intentus, purposeful, resolute, serious, set upon, sincere, sober, solemn, staid, strong-willed, thoughtful, zealous
See also: bail, binder, close, devoted, eager, fervent, honest, industrious, intense, loyal, painstaking, pertinacious, pledge, resolute, security, serious, solemn, true, urgent, vehement, willing, zealous

earnest

in Anglo-American law a part-payment made to seal a bargain. At times the implication has been of a token sum that is forfeitable. The Roman law tradition has a very developed equivalent: ARRA. See also DEPOSIT.

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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The earnest girl brought forward a scheme of "personal supervision and mutual help," the effect of which was to alter poor people until they became exactly like people who were not so poor.
Helen and Margaret walked the earnest girl as far as Battersea Bridge Station, arguing copiously all the way.
The earnest girl's train rumbled away over the bridge.
But if you don't profit by this visit, and act accordingly, you will find me as bitterly in earnest against you as I could be if I deemed you worth a second thought on my own account.
I am in earnest in my love for you as I am in earnest for my own life, which can only be perfected by your aid and influence.
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We are always interested in seeing how our customers will interpret our designs and our 'Highwaisted Jean-ius' campaign gives us the opportunity to get feedback from our loyal customers at a higher level," said Eleanor Ylvisaker for Earnest Sewn.
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This deeper level of consumer engagement provides a great way for brands like Earnest Sewn to drive consumer interaction and response, ultimately creating strong consumer awareness and brand loyalty.
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