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assiduous

[uh-sij-oo-uh s]
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adjective
  1. constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
  2. constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive: an assiduous student.
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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
Related formsas·sid·u·ous·ly, adverbas·sid·u·ous·ness, nounun·as·sid·u·ous, adjectiveun·as·sid·u·ous·ly, adverbun·as·sid·u·ous·ness, noun

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1. continuous, tireless, persistent. 2. studious, diligent, sedulous.

Antonyms

1, 2. inconstant, lazy.
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Examples from the Web for assiduousness

Historical Examples

  • From the latter Assiduousness is reached and, finally, Great Services.

    Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern

    Edgar Saltus

  • By his assiduousness the work was recommenced this same year, and on the 5th of August, 1858, was completed.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis


British Dictionary definitions for assiduousness

assiduous

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

Word Origin

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 assiduousness

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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