- constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything: a diligent student.
- done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking: a diligent search of the files.
Origin of diligent
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1. industrious, assiduous, sedulous. 2. indefatigable, untiring, tireless, unremitting.
1. See busy.
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- careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties
- carried out with care and perseverancediligent work
C14: from Old French, from Latin dīligere to value, from dis- apart + legere to read
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Word Origin and History for undiligent
mid-14c., from Old French diligent (14c.), from Latin diligentem "attentive, assiduous" (see diligence). Related: Diligently.
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