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gross adj

[Middle English, immediately obvious, from Middle French gros thick, coarse, from Latin grossus]
1 : flagrant or extreme esp. in badness or offensiveness
: of very blameworthy character [a violation of the rules of ethics] [a abuse of trust]
2 : consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions [ annual earnings] compare net
gross·ly adv

gross·ness n

n : overall total exclusive of deductions

in gross
1 : as a lump sum see also lump sum alimony at alimony
2 : independently existing, belonging to a person, and not attached to land see also easement in gross at easement

vt : to earn or bring in (an overall total) exclusive of deductions (as for taxes or expenses)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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