Diligence

Definition of Diligence

Dil´i`gence
n.1.The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; - the opposite of negligence.
2.Interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduity in service.
That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence.
- Shak.
3.(Scots Law) Process by which persons, lands, or effects are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
To do one's diligence
to exert one's self; to make interested and earnest endeavor.
And each of them doth all his diligence
To do unto the festé reverence.
- Chaucer.
The sweat of industry would dry and die,
But for the end it works to.
- Shak.
Diligence and accuracy are the only merits which an historical writer ascribe to himself.
- Gibbon.
1.A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.

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