Diligence is defined as determination and careful effort.
An example of diligence is a person who does a job efficiently and takes care of little details.
- the quality of being diligent; constant, careful effort; perseverance
- Obs. speed; haste
- Law the degree of attention or care expected of a person in a given situation
Origin of diligenceMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin diligentia ; from diligens, present participle of diligere, to esteem highly, select ; from di-, apart + legere, to choose, collect: see logic
a public stagecoach, esp. as formerly used in France
Origin of diligenceFrench ; from carrossedediligence, literally , coach of diligence, that is , fast coach ; from fairediligence, to hurry
- Earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity.
- Attentive care; heedfulness.
A large stagecoach.
Origin of diligenceFrench, from (carrosse de) diligence, speed (coach), from Old French, diligence, dispatch, from Latin dīligentia, from dīligēns, dīligent-, diligent; see diligent.
- conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something
- A public stage-coach. (19th century, now used only in reference to France or other European countries including Great Britain.)
- (religion) One of the seven heavenly virtues, opposite the vice of sloth.
- (law, Scotland) The process by which persons, lands, or effects are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
diligence - Legal Definition
The effort required to carry out a responsibility or to meet a standard of care.due diligence
A thorough review of documents, financial statements, and other relevant information pertaining to a proposed corporate transaction such as an acquisition or merger; lack of due diligence by one undertaking an examination of books and records may give rise to liability of that individual if the entity being acquired has lower value than expected.