assiduous

[uh-sij-oo-uhs]

adjective

constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive: an assiduous student.

Nearby words

  1. asshur,
  2. assibilate,
  3. assidean,
  4. assideans,
  5. assiduity,
  6. assiento,
  7. assign,
  8. assignable,
  9. assignat,
  10. assignation

Origin of assiduous

1530–40; < Latin assiduus, equivalent to assid(ēre) to sit near, beside, dwell close to (see assess) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for assiduous

assiduous

adjective

hard-working; perseveringan assiduous researcher
undertaken with perseverance and careassiduous editing
Derived Formsassiduously, adverbassiduousness, noun

Word Origin for assiduous

C16: from Latin assiduus sitting down to (something), from assidēre to sit beside, from sedēre to sit

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Word Origin and History for assiduous

assiduous

adj.

1530s, from Latin assiduus "attending; continually present, incessant; busy; constant," from assidere "to sit down to," thus "constantly occupied" at one's work; from ad "to" (see ad-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). The word acquired a taint of "servility" in 18c. Related: Assiduously; assiduousness.

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