Main meanings of diligence in English

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diligence1

Pronunciation /ˈdɪlɪdʒ(ə)ns/

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noun

mass noun
  • Careful and persistent work or effort.

    ‘few party members challenge his diligence as an MP’
    • ‘It's all just going to take diligence and persistence and we've got plenty of that.’
    • ‘Consequently, effort and diligence were not always explicitly known.’
    • ‘If he or she was guilty of no want of diligence and used every effort to secure the appearance of the accused man, it might be proper to remit it entirely.’
    • ‘He also sought to impart a philosophy of diligence, persistence, and excellence.’
    • ‘What distinguished him was his extraordinary care and diligence in maintaining a meticulous filing system.’
    • ‘It takes constant training, constant oversight, constant diligence.’
    • ‘During this time she has been a friendly ear to the many children at the school while her efficiency and diligence remains a constant comfort to parents.’
    • ‘The practice of democracy is tenuous and fragile - it requires ongoing attention and diligence.’
    • ‘Some of these duties relate to care and diligence, acting in the best interests of the company, and a duty to prevent insolvent trading.’
    • ‘So I've been throwing myself at it with profound diligence, concentrating like some kind of concentrating ninja on the task in hand.’
    • ‘Issues of due care, failures of diligence and malfeasance have been raised.’
    • ‘These duties must be carried out with reasonable care and diligence.’
    • ‘They are meant to act with skill, care and diligence, at the same time observing high standards of market conduct.’
    • ‘What he does is simply a job requiring diligence, perseverance and a dash of good fortune.’
    • ‘The Respondents agreed to exercise reasonable skill, care and diligence in the performance of the services set out in their respective agreements.’
    • ‘It does require diligence and dedication; therefore it cannot be approached cavalierly.’
    • ‘There he revealed those qualities of moderation, diligence, and attention to detail which were to characterize his political life.’
    • ‘Reliance does not relieve directors of their responsibilities but does show care and diligence.’
    • ‘This means that it must act with reasonable care and diligence: for example, it must collect the cheque promptly.’
    • ‘Even the teachers at grade school praised him for his perseverance and diligence.’
    conscientiousness, assiduousness, assiduity, industriousness, rigour, rigorousness, punctiliousness, meticulousness, carefulness, thoroughness, sedulousness, attentiveness, heedfulness, earnestness, intentness, studiousness
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘close attention, caution’): via Old French from Latin diligentia, from diligent- ‘assiduous’ (see diligent).

Main meanings of diligence in English

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diligence2

Pronunciation /ˈdɪlɪdʒ(ə)ns/

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noun

historical
  • A public stagecoach.

Origin

Late 17th century from French, shortened from carrosse de diligence ‘coach of speed’.