Diligent meaning

dĭlə-jənt
The definition of diligent is hard working and done with painstaking effort.

An example of diligent is a worker who always stays late to get projects done on deadline.

An example of diligent is the artist who paints each strand of hair on a portrait.

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Marked by persevering, painstaking effort.
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Done with careful, steady effort; painstaking.
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Persevering and careful in work; industrious.
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Performing with intense concentration, focus, responsible regard.
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Origin of diligent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin dīligēns dīligent- present participle of dīligere to esteem, love dī-, dis- apart dis– legere to choose leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English diligent, from Old French diligent, from Latin diligens (“careful, attentive, diligent”), present participle of diligere (“to love, esteem much, literally to choose, select”), from di-, dis- (“apart”) + legere (“to choose”); see elect and select.

    From Wiktionary