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diligent

[dil-i-juh nt] /ˈdɪl ɪ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything:
a diligent student.
2.
done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking:
a diligent search of the files.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīligent- (stem of dīligēns), present participle of dīligere to choose, like, equivalent to dī- di-2 + -ligere (combining form of legere to choose, read); see -ent
Related forms
diligently, adverb
diligentness, noun
nondiligent, adjective
nondiligently, adverb
overdiligent, adjective
overdiligently, adverb
overdiligentness, noun
prediligent, adjective
prediligently, adverb
undiligent, adjective
undiligently, adverb
Synonyms
1. industrious, assiduous, sedulous. See busy. 2. indefatigable, untiring, tireless, unremitting.
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British Dictionary definitions for un diligent

diligent

/ˈdɪlɪdʒənt/
adjective
1.
careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties
2.
carried out with care and perseverance: diligent work
Derived Forms
diligently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin dīligere to value, from dis- apart + legere to read
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Word Origin and History for un diligent

diligent

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French diligent (14c.), from Latin diligentem "attentive, assiduous" (see diligence). Related: Diligently.

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