diligence meaning

Pronunciation:   "diligence" in a sentence
Noun: diligence  dilijuns
  1. Conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation 
  2. Persevering determination to perform a task
    "his diligence won him quick promotions"
    - industriousness, industry 
  3. A diligent effort
    - application

Derived forms: diligences

See also: diligent

Type of: conscientiousness, determination, effort, elbow grease, exertion, painstakingness, purpose, sweat, travail

Encyclopedia: Diligence

noun [U]

careful and thorough work or effort:

His colleagues respect his diligence and commitment.

The auditor failed to carry out the work with due skill, care and diligence.

We double-check all the bills and our diligence pays off (= has good results) as we find errors in about 5%.

The captain exercised all reasonable diligence to prevent the ship from sinking.


The doing things in proper time.

It may be divided into three degrees; ordinary diligence, extraordinary diligence, and slight diligence. It is the reverse of negligence. Under that article is shown what degree of negligence, or want of diligence, will make a party to a contract responsible to the other.

In Scotland, there are certain forms of law whereby a creditor endeavors to make good his payment, either by affecting the person of his debtor, or by securing the subjects belonging to him from alienation, or by carrying the property of these subjects to himself. They are either real or personal.

Real diligence is that which is proper to heritable or real rights, and of this kind there are two sorts: 1. Inhibitions. 2. Adjudication, which the law has substituted in the place of apprising.

Personal diligence is that by which the person of the debtor may be secured, or his personal estate affected.


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  1. diligence is a sure warrant of success.
  2. he was appreciative of paul's diligence.
  3. his diligence is a mere pose.
  4. in roman law two levels of diligence were recognized.
  5. the chinese nation is distinguished for its diligence and courage.

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