Definition of Diligence

1. Noun. Conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation.

2. Noun. Persevering determination to perform a task. "Frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"

3. Noun. A diligent effort. "It is a job requiring serious application"
Exact synonyms: Application
Generic synonyms: Effort, Elbow Grease, Exertion, Sweat, Travail
Derivative terms: Apply

Definition of Diligence

1. n. The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; -- the opposite of negligence.

2. n. A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.

Definition of Diligence

1. Noun. conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something ¹

2. Noun. (religion) One of the seven contrary virtues, opposite the vice of sloth. ¹

3. Noun. A public stage-coach. (19th century, now used only in reference to France or other European countries including Great Britain.) ¹

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Definition of Diligence

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Diligence

diligence (current term)
dill oil
dill pickle
dill seed
dill weed
dilleniid dicot family

Literary usage of Diligence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reportsby Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"The means which the assignee is bound to use, the time within which he must commence, and the diligence with which he must pursue his legal remedies against ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"... for any profit which he might, by the exercise of d-ie diligence, have received by reason of his having been relieved from the duties of his employment ..."

3. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"R. " Thus with tales we came streight to the yate, This yong woman departed was and gone, Came diligence and knocked fast thereat, * Who is without,' quod ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"It is their duty to use ordinary diligence in ascertaining the condition of its ... That which they ought, by proper diligence, to have known as to the ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1921)
"Due diligence." The responsibility of the nation for acts or omissions of individuals within its jurisdiction requires all organs of government to use ..."

6. The Principles of German Civil Law by Ernest Joseph Schuster (1907)
"In the absence of any contrary legal rule applicable under the special circumstances, or of any express or implied stipulation, the diligence usual' in ..."

7. The Theological Works of Isaac Barrow by Isaac Barrow (1830)
"Keep thy heart with all diligence, &c. .DEFORE we do apply ourselves to inculcate this SERM. precept, it is requisite that we should somewhat explain the ..."

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