Definitions for: Diligent


[adj] characterized by care and perseverence in carrying out tasks; "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"
[adj] quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; "a diligent (or patient) worker"; "with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dil"i*gent, a. [F. diligent, L. diligens, -entis, p.
pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly, prefer; di- =
dis- + legere to choose. See Legend.]
1. Prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful;
painstaking; not careless or negligent.

The judges shall make diligent inquisition. --Deut.
xix. 18.

2. Interestedly and perseveringly attentive; steady and
earnest in application to a subject or pursuit; assiduous;
industrious.

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall
stand before kings. --Prov. xxii.
29.

Diligent cultivation of elegant literature.
--Prescott.

Syn: Active; assiduous; sedulous; laborious; persevering;
attentive; industrious.

Synonyms: assiduous, hardworking, industrious, patient, persevering, sedulous, tireless, untiring

Antonyms: negligent

See Also: busy, careful

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