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Meaning of DILIGENCE

Pronunciation:  'dilijuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"
  2. [n]  conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
  3. [n]  persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"

DILIGENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: application, industriousness, industry
 See Also: assiduity, assiduousness, concentration, conscientiousness, determination, effort, elbow grease, exertion, painstakingness, purpose, sedulity, sedulousness, studiousness, sweat, travail



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dil"i*gence\, n. [F. diligence, L. diligentia.]
    1. The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful
       attention; -- the opposite of negligence.
    2. Interested and persevering application; devoted and
       painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken;
       assiduity in service.
             That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified
             in; and the best of me is diligence.  --Shak.
    3. (Scots Law) Process by which persons, lands, or effects
       are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance
       of witnesses or the production of writings.
    {To do one's diligence}, {give diligence}, {use diligence},
       to exert one's self; to make interested and earnest
             And each of them doth all his diligence To do unto
             the fest['e] reverence.               --Chaucer.
    Syn: Attention; industry; assiduity; sedulousness;
         earnestness; constancy; heed; heedfulness; care;
         caution. -- {Diligence}, {Industry}. Industry has the
         wider sense of the two, implying an habitual devotion to
         labor for some valuable end, as knowledge, property,
         etc. Diligence denotes earnest application to some
         specific object or pursuit, which more or less directly
         has a strong hold on one's interests or feelings. A man
         may be diligent for a time, or in seeking some favorite
         end, without meriting the title of industrious. Such was
         the case with Fox, while Burke was eminent not only for
         diligence, but industry; he was always at work, and
         always looking out for some new field of mental effort.
               The sweat of industry would dry and die, But for
               the end it works to.                --Shak.
               Diligence and accuracy are the only merits which
               an historical writer ascribe to himself. --Gibbon.
  2. \Di`li*gence"\, n. [F.]
    A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.
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