Definitions for diligenceˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns; Fr. di liˈʒɑ̃s; -dʒən sɪz; Fr. -ˈʒɑ̃s

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dil•i•genceˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns(n.)

  1. constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken.

  2. the degree of care and caution expected of a person.

    Category: Law

Origin of diligence:

1300–50; ME deligence (< AF) < L

dil•i•genceˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns; Fr. di liˈʒɑ̃s; -dʒən sɪz; Fr. -ˈʒɑ̃s(n.)

  1. a stagecoach.

    Category: Transportation

Origin of diligence:

1735–45; short for F carosse de diligence speed coach

Princeton's WordNet

  1. diligence(noun)

    conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation

  2. diligence, industriousness, industry(noun)

    persevering determination to perform a task

    "his diligence won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"

  3. application, diligence(noun)

    a diligent effort

    "it is a job requiring serious application"


  1. diligence(Noun)

    conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something

  2. diligence(Noun)

    One of the seven contrary virtues, opposite the vice of sloth.

  3. diligence(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diligence(noun)

    the quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; -- the opposite of negligence

  2. Diligence(noun)

    interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduity in service

  3. Diligence(noun)

    process by which persons, lands, or effects are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance of witnesses or the production of writings

  4. Diligence(noun)

    a four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France


  1. Diligence

    Diligence is steadfast application, assiduousness and industry—the virtue of hard work. It is one of the seven heavenly virtues. Diligent behaviour is indicative of a work ethic — a belief that work is good in itself.

Anagrams of diligence

  1. ceilinged

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