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diligent


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diligent  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diligent 
  adj  1:  quietly  and  steadily  persevering  especially  in  detail  or 
  exactness;  "a  diligent  (or  patient)  worker";  "with 
  persevering  (or  patient)  industry  she  revived  the 
  failing  business"  [syn:  {persevering}] 
  2:  characterized  by  care  and  perseverence  in  carrying  out 
  tasks;  "a  diligent  detective  investigates  all  clues";  "a 
  diligent  search  of  the  files"  [ant:  {negligent}] 




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