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