due diligence

[ doo dil-i-juh ns, dyoo ]
/ ˈdu ˈdɪl ɪ dʒəns, ˈdyu /

noun Law, Business.

reasonable care and caution exercised by a person who is buying, selling, giving professional advice, etc., especially as required by law to protect against incurring liability: The court said there was due diligence on the part of the plaintiff.
the process of gathering or disclosing relevant and reliable information about a prospective sale, purchase, contract, etc.: You should perform due diligence on a company before investing.

Nearby words

  1. dudley, thomas,
  2. dudleya,
  3. duds,
  4. due,
  5. due bill,
  6. due process,
  7. due process of law,
  8. due to,
  9. duecento,
  10. duel

Origin of due diligence

1785–90 (1450–1500 in the sense “requisite effort”)

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