diligence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diligence a diligent effort "it is a job requiring serious application"
    • n diligence conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
    • n diligence persevering determination to perform a task "his diligence won him quick promotions","frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diligence A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.
    • Diligence 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 ."
    • Diligence (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. "And each of them doth all his diligence To do unto the festé reverence.""The sweat of industry would dry and die,
      But for the end it works to."
      "Diligence and accuracy are the only merits which an historical writer ascribe to himself."
    • Diligence The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; -- the opposite of negligence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diligence Constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; constancy in the performance of duty or the conduct of business; persistent exertion of body or mind; industry; assiduity.
    • n diligence Care; heed; caution; heedfulness.
    • n diligence In law, the attention and care due from a person in a given situation. The degree of care necessary to constitute diligence depends on the relation of the persons concerned to each other and the circumstances of the transaction.
    • n diligence In Scots law: The warrant issued by a court for enforcing tho attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
    • n diligence The process of law by which persons, lands, or effects are attached on execution, or in security for debt.
    • n diligence Synonyms Industry, Application, etc. (see assiduity), assiduousness.
    • n diligence Caution, circumspection, vigilance.
    • n diligence A public stage-coach: usually with reference to France, but also applied to such stage-coaches elsewhere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diligence steady application: industry:
    • n Diligence (Scots law) a warrant to produce witnesses, books, &c., or a process by which persons or goods are attached: a French or continental stage-coach (also pronounced dē-lē-zhongs)—also Dill′y
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. and the best of me is diligence.”
  • John Donne
    John%20Donne
    “I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. diligence, L. diligentia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—diligens, -entis, pr.p. of L. diligĕre, to choose.

Usage

In literature:

And what a multitude of these would a diligent Man meet with in his inquiries?
"Micrographia" by Robert Hooke
There is one that passeth all the others, and is the most diligent prelate and preacher in all England.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
No copy of the treaty can now be found, although diligent enquiry has been made for it.
"Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet" by Benjamin Drake
I am very well satisfied with his diligence.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny
We have never seen it, though we have searched diligently.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
Day after day he worked hard, night after night he studied diligently.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The diligence from Rouen rolled and careened along the road to Rochelle.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
We must now turn from Hiram, engaged in diligently pursuing his studies, and enter on another topic.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. VI, June, 1862" by Various
Here is needless poverty in the lap of potential wealth, thriftlessness in the face of every seeming stimulus to diligence.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889" by Various
I was fortunate to be in time to secure my place in the Diligence.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The beaver itself was becoming scarce, owing to their being so diligently hunted.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
His crew was small, but his diligence great.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The diligence sets out between three and four in the morning, long before light.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
He earnestly commends diligence in study, and, next to diligence, promptness in keeping up his work.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
Only be diligent, watch closely, and keep us fully informed.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
Bluebell, in her diligent revision of the papers, found much of personal interest.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
They hired three places in the diligence which, in 1838, travelled between Paris and Calais.
"Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton" by Anonymous
The boy was of a reflective and thoughtful turn of mind, and applied himself diligently to the performance of his duties.
"King Alfred of England" by Jacob Abbott
By diligence one gained ten pounds and is commended and given authority over ten cities.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
After all which the tutors or servants ought to make diligent study.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I" by Francis W. Halsey
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In poetry:

Of AGIB, who could readily, at sight,
Strum a march upon the loud Theodolite.
He would diligently play
On the Zoetrope all day,
And blow the gay Pantechnicon all night.
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"O do you imagine," said fearer to farer,
"That dusk will delay on your path to the pass,
Your diligent looking discover the lacking,
Your footsteps feel from granite to grass?"
"O Where Are You Going?" by W H Auden
You will not, I know, tell lies,
If you know what you are speaking.
Truth is shy, and from us flies;
Unless diligently seeking
Into every word we pry,
Falsehood will her place supply.
"Incorrect Speaking" by Charles Lamb
"Nor is it your proneness to domestication,
For he dwells in man's barn, and I build in man's thatch,
As we say to each other—but, to our vexation,
O'er your safety alone man keeps diligent watch."
"The Sparrow And The Hen" by Charles Lamb
Brown passed away, and Mrs Brown,
In weeds all smothered, went through town
By Brown's neat grave to take her stand,
And hold a metaphoric hand.
She diligently drove away
The sorrel springing every day.
"The Weeds" by Edward Dyson
The lower he drops in the social scale,
Tho' jobs never cease, nor diligence fail, Worse paid is work ever found;
That varnish'd chair in the furniture sale
Yields only some pence to this journeyman pale,
—To his master the rest of the Pound!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. X. Slop-Jobbing" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Ed Rogers Says AIJ Declined Business After Due Diligence Request.
Avoiding it requires diligence .
Those paid preparers who have a PTIN number from the IRS must exercise due diligence when engaging with the client.
The hiring is subject to completion of due diligence.
Hopefully, with an appropriate amount of due diligence, you will not discover that your property is contaminated.
If there was ever a moment that demanded some diligent soul-searching from Republicans, this is it.
Self employed accounting practices need to be just as diligent as other employer accounting practices.
But Lattimore, Joe Schad reports, has been diligently rehabbing and has set a goal of jogging and catching passes for NFL executives by the end of March.
An Oxford woman who's expecting twins can be assured her babies will be safe and secure when riding in the car thanks to the diligence of the Oxford Fire Department and the generosity of Milosch's Palace Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Orion Township.
The directors failed to make a diligent effort to learn how the values were determined, the SEC said.
Baldwin's attorney says the actor is "working diligently" to resolve the tax liability.
Maintaining wood fences is not hard, as long as you are diligent.
IBM's holiday Benchmark is a seriously fine -tuned tracking machine and it'll be keeping diligent tabs on digital shopping trends throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
As a younger child, Swan remembers accompanying his father to many senate sessions, where he witnessed his diligence and perseverance.
Experts say changing behaviors for the better requires diligence, support.
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In science:

We will merely outline the description here and leave the details to the diligent reader.
On equations defining coincident root loci
Artificial mathematicians are far less ingenious and subtle than human mathematicians, but they surpass their human counterparts by being infinitely more patient and diligent.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond
This is done by estimating Gm and by a diligent choice of the free parameter m.
Learning Trigonometric Polynomials from Random Samples and Exponential Inequalities for Eigenvalues of Random Matrices
The diligent reader can verify all that we claim by direct computation in E (S ).
Subgroups of free idempotent generated semigroups need not be free
In the slightly more distant future, the radio community is looking forward to, and many are working diligently toward, the full Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is to be sited in either Australia or South Africa.
Panoramic Radio Astronomy
We are grateful to Stephenson Yang for his patience and diligence regarding computer and network maintenance.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
Despite many diligent attempts to construct a consistent Lagrangian density, the goal remains largely elusive, thanks to the intractable geometrical obstruction resulting from the degenerate ‘metric’ structure of the Newton-Cartan spacetime.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
However, the history of astronomy and cosmology strongly suggests that even diligent application of this method will leave some number of cosmological parameters ultimately unaccounted for.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
We are also greatful for the diligence of the RPP staff.
Cosmic Background Radiation Mini-Review
We also need sustained diligent work on established approaches, which have been found to be fruitful and valid, and we must sort out and safely dispose of failed ideas.
Quark Matter 2005 -- Theoretical Summary
We are also grateful for the diligence of the RPP staff.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Acknowledgements Many officers of the Queensland Department of Forestry have contributed to the establishment and maintenance of experiments and the database. It is due to their diligence that analyses such as these are possible.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
In the previous discussions, we have noted that teams must be used and that there must be time limitations to prevent the loss of diligence.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
However, there are lots of things that can go wrong with the theoretical null, and lots of data to check it with in large-scale testing situations, making it a matter of due diligence for the statistician to do such checking, even if only by visual inspection of the z -value histogram.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
Greene, T. (2009). New attacks on cloud services call for due diligence. Network World.
An Overview of the Security Concerns in Enterprise Cloud Computing
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