Dil"i*gent (?), a. [F. diligent, L. diligens, -entis, p. pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly, prefer; di- = dis- + legere to choose. See Legend.]


Prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful; painstaking; not careless or negligent.

The judges shall make diligent inquisition. Deut. xix. 18.


Interestedly and perseveringly attentive; steady and earnest in application to a subject or pursuit; assiduous; industrious.

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings. Prov. xxii. 29.

Diligent cultivation of elegant literature. Prescott.

Syn. -- Active; assiduous; sedulous; laborious; persevering; attentive; industrious.


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