In*dus"tri*ous (?), a. [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See Industry.]
Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; -- commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor.
Frugal and industrious men are commonly friendly to the established government.
Sir W. Temple.
Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim; as, he was negligent in business, but industrious in pleasure; an industrious mischief maker.
Industrious to seek out the truth of all things.
-- In*dus"tri*ous*ly, adv. -- In*dus"tri*ous*ness, n.
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