1

diligence

play
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 paintb obsolete :  speed, haste Go, hence with diligence! — Shakespeare

  2. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


2

diligence

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

Definition of diligence

Origin and Etymology of diligence

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


First Known Use: 1742



DILIGENCE Defined for Kids

diligence

play
noun dil·i·gence \ˈdi-lə-jəns\

Definition of diligence for Students

  1. :  careful and continued hard work


Law Dictionary

diligence

play play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up diligence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!