from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A partial payment made at the time of purchase, with the balance to be paid later.
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- n. A payment representing a fraction of the price of something being purchased, made to secure the right to continue making payments towards that purchase.
- n. By extension, any initial commitment signifying an intention to carry out a larger future commitment, even though no legal rights or obligations are secured.
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- n. a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later
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