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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity.
  • n. Attentive care; heedfulness.
  • n. A large stagecoach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something
  • n. One of the seven contrary virtues, opposite the vice of sloth.
  • n. A public stage-coach. (19th century, now used only in reference to France or other European countries including Great Britain.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; -- the opposite of negligence.
  • n. Interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduity in service.
  • n. Process by which persons, lands, or effects are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
  • n. A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; constancy in the performance of duty or the conduct of business; persistent exertion of body or mind; industry; assiduity.
  • n. Care; heed; caution; heedfulness.
  • n. In law, the attention and care due from a person in a given situation.
  • n. In Scots law: The warrant issued by a court for enforcing tho attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
  • n. The process of law by which persons, lands, or effects are attached on execution, or in security for debt.
  • n. Synonyms Industry, Application, etc. (see assiduity), assiduousness.
  • n. Caution, circumspection, vigilance.
  • n. A public stage-coach: usually with reference to France, but also applied to such stage-coaches elsewhere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a diligent effort
  • n. persevering determination to perform a task
  • n. conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation

Etymologies

French, from (carrosse de) diligence, speed (coach), from Old French, diligence, from Latin dīligentia, from dīligēns, dīligent-, diligent; see diligent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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