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[stoo-dee-uh s, styoo-] /ˈstu di əs, ˈstyu-/
disposed or given to diligent study:
a studious boy.
concerned with, characterized by, or pertaining to study:
studious tastes.
zealous, assiduous, or painstaking:
studious care.
carefully planned or maintained; studied:
a studious program to maintain peace.
devoted to or favorable for study.
Origin of studious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin studiōsus, equivalent to studi(um) (see study) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
studiously, adverb
studiousness, noun
nonstudious, adjective
nonstudiously, adverb
nonstudiousness, noun
overstudious, adjective
overstudiously, adverb
overstudiousness, noun
prestudious, adjective
prestudiously, adverb
prestudiousness, noun
pseudostudious, adjective
pseudostudiously, adverb
quasi-studious, adjective
quasi-studiously, adverb
unstudious, adjective
unstudiously, adverb
unstudiousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for studiousness
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  • Her success is neither the result of cleverness nor of studiousness.

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  • Notwithstanding his studiousness, he was ranked among the lowest of his class, and was allotted no part at Commencement.

  • There was an eighteen-year-old girl in this Butte, as I well remember, with the outward savagery tamed out of her by studiousness.

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  • His studiousness and tractableness lead to one reward in childhood, though it often costs him dear as a man.

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  • Needless to say, the usual Friday morning studiousness did not prevail in the primary room that morning.

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  • Teacher attributed school acceleration to “studiousness” and “delight in school work.”

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • Not that old Zack misbehaved; on the contrary, he was a model of studiousness and was very anxious to learn.

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  • Indeed he always retained something boyish in his look, for all his studiousness and thoughtfulness, and all that came later.

    Philip Winwood

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  • Evidently smartness and studiousness had nothing to do with it, and Missy felt a pleasurable thrill.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • With this studiousness was joined a gaiety and sprightliness that manifested itself in all sorts of fun and mischief.

British Dictionary definitions for studiousness


given to study
of a serious, thoughtful, and hard-working character
showing deliberation, care, or precision
Derived Forms
studiously, adverb
studiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin studiōsus devoted to, from studium assiduity
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Word Origin and History for studiousness



mid-14c. (implied in studiously), from Latin studiosus, from studium (see study). Related: Studiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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