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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diligence  \Di`li*gence"\,  n.  [F.] 
  A  four-wheeled  public  stagecoach,  used  in  France. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diligence  \Dil"i*gence\,  n.  [F.  diligence,  L.  diligentia.] 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  diligent;  carefulness;  careful 
  attention;  --  the  opposite  of  negligence. 
 
  2.  Interested  and  persevering  application;  devoted  and 
  painstaking  effort  to  accomplish  what  is  undertaken; 
  assiduity  in  service. 
 
  That  which  ordinary  men  are  fit  for  I  am  qualified 
  in  and  the  best  of  me  is  diligence.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  (Scots  Law)  Process  by  which  persons,  lands,  or  effects 
  are  seized  for  debt;  process  for  enforcing  the  attendance 
  of  witnesses  or  the  production  of  writings. 
 
  {To  do  one's  diligence},  {give  diligence},  {use  diligence}, 
  to  exert  one's  self  to  make  interested  and  earnest 
  endeavor. 
 
  And  each  of  them  doth  all  his  diligence  To  do  unto 
  the  fest['e]  reverence.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Syn:  Attention;  industry;  assiduity;  sedulousness; 
  earnestness;  constancy;  heed;  heedfulness;  care 
  caution.  --  {Diligence},  {Industry}.  Industry  has  the 
  wider  sense  of  the  two  implying  an  habitual  devotion  to 
  labor  for  some  valuable  end  as  knowledge,  property, 
  etc  Diligence  denotes  earnest  application  to  some 
  specific  object  or  pursuit,  which  more  or  less  directly 
  has  a  strong  hold  on  one's  interests  or  feelings.  A  man 
  may  be  diligent  for  a  time,  or  in  seeking  some  favorite 
  end  without  meriting  the  title  of  industrious.  Such  was 
  the  case  with  Fox,  while  Burke  was  eminent  not  only  for 
  diligence,  but  industry;  he  was  always  at  work  and 
  always  looking  out  for  some  new  field  of  mental  effort. 
 
  The  sweat  of  industry  would  dry  and  die,  But  for 
  the  end  it  works  to  --Shak. 
 
  Diligence  and  accuracy  are  the  only  merits  which 
  an  historical  writer  ascribe  to  himself.  --Gibbon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diligence 
  n  1:  conscientiousness  in  paying  proper  attention  to  a  task; 
  giving  the  degree  of  care  required  in  a  given  situation 
  2:  persevering  determination  to  perform  a  task;  "his  diligence 
  won  him  quick  promotions";  "frugality  and  industry  are 
  still  regarded  as  virtues"  [syn:  {industriousness},  {industry}] 
  3:  a  diligent  effort;  "it  is  a  job  requiring  serious 
  application"  [syn:  {application}] 




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