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Earnest Tweet Definition of Earnest Like Definition of Earnest on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
earnest money Tweet Definition of earnest money Like Definition of earnest money on Facebook
  1. Money paid as a deposit to show intent to buy or to reserve an item to be purchased; especially, money accompanying an offer to buy real estate.
easement Tweet Definition of easement Like Definition of easement on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, easement, easement (law))
  1. legal, Legal right to use another person's property
  • The power company has an to put their poles along the edge of this land.
    1. (archaic) relief, Relief, easing.
  1. 1666, John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners
  2. :This therefore was a great to my mind, to wit, that my sin was pardonable,...
    1. (archaic) shed, Shed, a small outbuilding.
  3. 1888, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  4. :Now at that time all the cabinets of were full of people, nor did one remain vacant, ...
electric chair Tweet Definition of electric chair Like Definition of electric chair on Facebook
  1. A device used for performing execution by electrocution.
  2. An electrically powered wheelchair
elide Tweet Definition of elide Like Definition of elide on Facebook
verb (elid, ing)
  1. To break or dash in pieces; to demolish; as, to elide the force of an argument;
  2. To cut off, as a vowel or a syllable, usually the final one.
  3. To omit.
emancipate Tweet Definition of emancipate Like Definition of emancipate on Facebook
verb (emancipat, ing)
  1. To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as:
  • To set free, as a minor from a parent; as, a father may emancipate a child.
  • To set free from bondage; to give freedom to; to manumit; as, to emancipate a slave, or a country.
    1. To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.
  1. Set at liberty.
emblements Tweet Definition of emblements Like Definition of emblements on Facebook
noun emblementes
  1. (plural of, emblement)
embrace Tweet Definition of embrace Like Definition of embrace on Facebook
  1. hug (italbrac, noun); putting arms around someone
  2. (italbrac, metaphorical) enfolding, including
verb (embrac, ing)
  1. hug, put arms around
  2. (italbrac, metaphorical) enfold, include (ideas, principles, etc)
encumbrance Tweet Definition of encumbrance Like Definition of encumbrance on Facebook
  1. A burden; a thing that must be carried.
  2. an interest, right, burden, or liability attached to a title of land, such as a lien or mortgage.
enjoin Tweet Definition of enjoin Like Definition of enjoin on Facebook
  1. (context, transitive, often literary) To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge.
    • w:King James Bible, King James Bible - Esther 9:31
    • : To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them ....
      1. (transitive) To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or decree; to put an injunction on.
enjoyment Tweet Definition of enjoyment Like Definition of enjoyment on Facebook
  1. The act of enjoying something
  2. Something that gives pleasure
  3. The exercise of a legal right
entail Tweet Definition of entail Like Definition of entail on Facebook
  1. That which is entailed. Hence:
An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.
The rule by which the descent is fixed.
:"A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of alienating their estates." — Hume.
  1. (obsolete) Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
"A work of rich entail." — Spenser.
entry Tweet Definition of entry Like Definition of entry on Facebook
noun (-, entries)
  1. (uncountable) The act of entering.
  2. (uncountable) Permission to enter.
entry for children only if accompanied by an adult
  1. A doorway that provides a means of entering a building.
  2. A small room immediately inside the front door of a house or other building, often having an access to a stairway and leading on to other rooms
  3. A small group formed within a church, esp. Episcopal, for simple dinner and fellowship, and to help facilitate new friendships
  4. An article in a dictionary or encyclopedia.
  5. A record made in a log, diary or similar book.
What does the entry for 2 August 2005 say?
  1. (linearalg) A term at any position in a matrix.
The entry in the second row and first column of this matrix is 6.
  1. (computing) An item of data in a database.
escheat Tweet Definition of escheat Like Definition of escheat on Facebook
  1. the return of property of a deceased person to the state (originally to a feudal lord) where there are no legal heirs or claimants
  2. the property so reverted
(seeCites) verb to escheat
  1. to revert by this process
escrow Tweet Definition of escrow Like Definition of escrow on Facebook
  1. (legal) A written instrument, such as a deed, temporarily deposited with a neutral third party (the Escrow agent), by the agreement of two parties to a valid contract. The escrow agent will deliver the document to the benefited party when the conditions of the contract have been met. The depositor has no control over the instrument in escrow.
  2. (legal) In common law, escrow applied to the deposits only of instruments for conveyance of land, but it now applies to all instruments so deposited.
  3. (legal) Money or other property so deposited is also loosely referred to as escrow.
estop Tweet Definition of estop Like Definition of estop on Facebook
  1. To impede or bar by estoppel.
  2. to stop up, to plug
estoppel Tweet Definition of estoppel Like Definition of estoppel on Facebook
  1. a legal principle in the law of equity that prevents a party from asserting otherwise valid legal rights against another party because conduct by the first party makes, or circumstances to which the first party has knowingly contributed make, it unjust for those rights to be asserted.
estray Tweet Definition of estray Like Definition of estray on Facebook
  1. ({1, (legal) Animal that has escaped from its owner. A legal term, usually defined in common law, as a wandering animal whose owner is unknown. An animal cannot be an estray when on the range where it was raised, and permitted by its owner to run. A lost animal whose owner is known to the party at hand is not an estray.)}
  2. ({2, (archaic) Stray.)}
  1. ({3, (archaic) To stray.)}
evidence Tweet Definition of evidence Like Definition of evidence on Facebook
  1. Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.
  2. (context, legal) Anything admitted by a court to prove or disprove alleged matters of fact in a trial.
verb (evidenc, ing)
  1. (transitive) To provide evidence for, or suggest the truth of.
She was furious, as evidenced by her slamming the door.
evocation Tweet Definition of evocation Like Definition of evocation on Facebook
  1. The act of calling out or forth.
examination Tweet Definition of examination Like Definition of examination on Facebook
  1. A formal test involving answering written or oral questions with no access or limited access to text books etc.
  2. An inspection by a doctor or other medically qualified person to establish the extent and nature of any sickness or injury
examine Tweet Definition of examine Like Definition of examine on Facebook
verb (examin, ing)
  1. To observe or inspect carefully or critically.
He examined the crime scene for clues.
  1. To study or analyse.
She examined the hair sample under a microscope.
  1. To check the health or condition of something or someone.
The doctor examined the patient.
  1. To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination.
  2. To interrogate.
The witness was examined under oath.
excuss Tweet Definition of excuss Like Definition of excuss on Facebook
  1. (Obsolete) To shake off.
  2. (Uncommon) To examine (a document).
  3. To proceed against a principal debtor where there are either joint debtors or debtors and sureties.
    • The surety claimed relief in terms of the beneficium excussionis, thus obliging the creditor to against the principal debtor.
execution Tweet Definition of execution Like Definition of execution on Facebook
  1. The act or manner of executing (actions, maneuvers, performances) or the state of being executed (accomplished.)
The battle plan was risky but its was near perfect and thus ultimately succeeded.
  1. The act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty.
  2. (rfd-redundant, unless def
  1. 1 was meant to be redundant with
  2. 2 (not anymore)) The manner or style of a performance etc.
  3. The carrying into effect of a court judgment, or of a will.
  4. (rfd-redundant) (legal) The formal process by which a contract is made valid and put into binding effect.
  5. (computing) The carrying out of an instruction, program or program segment by a computer.
The entire machine slowed down during the of the virus checker.
Whenever the matrix inversion function executed the program crashed.
executor Tweet Definition of executor Like Definition of executor on Facebook
  1. a person who carries out some task
  2. someone appointed by a testator to administer a will; an administrator
exemplary Tweet Definition of exemplary Like Definition of exemplary on Facebook
noun (exemplaries)
  1. (obsolete) An example, or typical instance; an exemplar
  1. good enough to serve as an example to others
  2. deserving honour, respect and admiration
  3. ideal or perfect
exemplification Tweet Definition of exemplification Like Definition of exemplification on Facebook
  1. The act of exemplifying; a showing or illustrate, illustrating by example.
  2. That which exemplifies; a case in point; example.
  3. A copy or transcript attested to be correct by the seal of an officer having custody of the original.
exemplify Tweet Definition of exemplify Like Definition of exemplify on Facebook
verb (exemplif, i, ed)
  1. (transitive) To show or illustrate by example.
  2. (transitive) To be an instance of or serve as an example.
  3. (transitive) To make an attested copy or transcript of (a document) under seal.
exhibit Tweet Definition of exhibit Like Definition of exhibit on Facebook
  1. An instance of exhibit
    1. Verb, exhibiting.
    2. That which is exhibit
    3. Verb, exhibited.
    4. A public showing; an exhibition.
    The museum's new is drawing quite a crowd.
    1. An article formally introduced as evidence in a court.
    Exhibit A is this photograph of the corpse.
  1. (transitive) To display or show (something) for others to see, especially at an exhibition or contest.
He wanted to his baseball cards.
  1. (transitive) To demonstrate.
The players exhibited great skill.
  1. (transitive) To submit (a physical object) to a court as evidence.
I now this bloody hammer.
  1. (intransitive) To put on a public display.
Will you be exhibiting this year?
expropriate Tweet Definition of expropriate Like Definition of expropriate on Facebook
verb (expropriat, ing)
  1. To deprive a person of their property. To confiscate. Usually in reference to taking property for public use.
extent Tweet Definition of extent Like Definition of extent on Facebook
  1. range, Range of values or locations.
  2. The space, area, volume etc. to which something extends.
The of his knowledge of the language is a few scattered words.
  1. (context, computing): An individual database extension.
extortion Tweet Definition of extortion Like Definition of extortion on Facebook
  1. the practice of extorting money or other property, especially by a public official, by the use of threats
extradite Tweet Definition of extradite Like Definition of extradite on Facebook
verb (extradit, ing)
  1. To remove a person from one state to another by legal process.
extradition Tweet Definition of extradition Like Definition of extradition on Facebook
  1. a formal process by which a criminal suspect held by one government is handed over to another government for trial or, if the suspect has already been tried and found guilty, to serve his or her sentence
eyewitness Tweet Definition of eyewitness Like Definition of eyewitness on Facebook
  1. Someone who sees an event and can report or testify about it.

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