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Definitions for diligence
ˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns; Fr. di liˈʒɑ̃s; -dʒən sɪz; Fr. -ˈʒɑ̃sdili·gence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diligencenoun

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

  2. diligence, industriousness, industrynoun

    persevering determination to perform a task

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

  3. application, diligencenoun

    a diligent effort

    "it is a job requiring serious application"


  1. diligencenoun

    conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something

  2. diligencenoun

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

  3. diligencenoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Diligencenoun

    Industry; assiduity; constancy in business; continuance of endeavour; unintermitted application; the contrary to idleness.

    Etymology: diligentia, Latin.

    Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me. 2 Tim. iv. 9.

    Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure. 2 Pet. i. 10.


  1. Diligence

    Diligence—carefulness and persistent effort or work—is one of the seven heavenly virtues. It is indicative of a work ethic, the belief that work is good in itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diligencenoun

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

  2. Diligencenoun

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

  3. Diligencenoun

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

  4. Diligencenoun

    a four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France

  5. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of diligence in a Sentence

  1. Vijay Padmanabhan:

    The delay (in resolution) definitely affects the diligence and planning effort of financial investors.

  2. Alex Capri:

    This represents a murky grey zone for investors, as the CCP’s presence spills over into all areas, both military and civil, american and other foreign investors will struggle to perform due diligence in an opaque Chinese system.

  3. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams:

    I wish investigations could be handled instantly, but each one takes time and deserves the due diligence before we can discuss specific details.

  4. Thomas Fuller:

    Care and diligence bring luck.

  5. Said Jafri:

    They spoke with various staff members and did their due diligence.

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