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What are the same meaning and opposite meaning of serious student?

I found the book tittled A handbook for serious students.

Does it means hard-working students or thoughtful students?

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Serious in the sense of serious-minded:

  • characterized by seriousness of intention, purpose, thought, etc.; earnest.

Serious studet is sort of idiomatic expression,(see Ngram) that is often used in school/academinc contexts.

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  • How can u define it? – learner Oct 6 '16 at 9:09
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    @learner - a student who is really interested and involved in his studies, dedicated to learning. – user5267 Oct 6 '16 at 9:17
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serious

has the meaning of focussed, devoted, dedicated

a serious student

is one who is hard-working and diligently studies possibly to the exclusion of everything else

a serious girlfriend / boyfriend

is a partner in a relationship which is not casual and to whom one is devoted

a serious piece of work

is an idiom which can be used to describe a complex object either by construction, engineering, or understanding

That figure plane is a serious piece of work.

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