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diligence

noun dil·i·gence \ ˈdi-lə-jən(t)s \
1 a : 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 : the attention and care legally expected or required of a person (such as a party to a contract)

Origin and Etymology of diligence

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

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diligence

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

Origin and Etymology of diligence

French, literally, haste, from Middle French, persevering application

DILIGENCE Defined for Kids

diligence

noun dil·i·gence \ ˈdi-lə-jəns \
: careful and continued hard work

Law Dictionary

diligence

noun dil·i·gence \ ˈdi-lə-jəns \
: earnest and persistent application of effort especially as required by law; also : care 1 — see also due diligence


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