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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later

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