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
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.
Origin of diligenceFrench, from (carrosse de) diligence, speed (coach), from Old French, diligence, dispatch, from Latin d&imacron;ligentia, from d&imacron;lig&emacron;ns, d&imacron;ligent-, 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