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diligence

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noun dil·i·gence \ˈdi-lə-jən(t)s\

Definition of diligence

  1. 1a :  steady, earnest, and energetic effort :  persevering application :  assiduity <showed great diligence in tracking down the story> <working with diligence to scrub off the paint>b obsolete :  speed, haste <Go, hence with diligence! — Shakespeare>

  2. 2 :  the attention and care legally expected or required of a person (as a party to a contract)

Origin and Etymology of diligence

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin diligentia, from diligent-, diligens —see diligent


First Known Use: 14th century


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noun di·li·gence \ˈdi-lə-ˌzhäⁿs, ˈdi-lə-jən(t)s\

Definition of diligence

Origin and Etymology of diligence

French, literally, haste, from Medieval French, persevering application


First Known Use: 1742



DILIGENCE Defined for Kids

diligence

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noun dil·i·gence \ˈdi-lə-jəns\

Definition of diligence for Students

  1. :  careful and continued hard work


Law Dictionary

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noun dil·i·gence \ˈdi-lə-jəns\

Legal Definition of diligence

  1. :  earnest and persistent application of effort especially as required by law; also :  care 1 — see also due diligence



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