What does diligence mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word diligence.

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

  5. Origin: [F.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diligence in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diligence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Fuller:

    Care and diligence bring luck.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    Diligence is the mother of good luck.

  3. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

  4. Samuel Johnson:

    Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.

  5. Buddha, Last words before his death:

    All created things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence.

Images & Illustrations of diligence

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