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Definition of the adjective diligent

What does diligent mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more diligent / most diligent

  1. quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
  2. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

Alternative definition of the adjective diligent


  1. Performing with intense concentration, focus, responsible regard.

Definition of the adjective diligent for high school students

    showing care in doing one's work
    • example: The diligent researcher made sure to check her measurements multiple times.

The adjective diligent is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. Diligent: Constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent.
  2. Diligent is a breed temperament.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Diligent

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1902)

by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft

although diligent effort to find him and serve upon him the said summons has been made; that tne said defendant's post-office address is Northport, New York, and sa:d defendant's residence is Northport, New York (or that the said plaintiff is ...

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

DILIGENCE, DILIGENT, DILIGENTLY A. Nouns. 1. ergasia (2039), (a) lit., “a working” (akin to ergon, “work”), is indicative of a process, in contrast to the concrete, ergon, e.g., Eph. 4:19, lit., “unto a working” (RV marg., “to make a trade of”); ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

diaphanous–diligent. diaphanous (dī-AF-ә-nәs) adj. To describe something ( clothing, for example) as diaphanous is to say that it's very sheer and light; it's transparent, flimsy, gauzy, airy, wispy, etc. In 1890s Paris, American dancer Loie Fuller ...

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Quotes about Diligent

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. (Buddha)
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Scrabble value of D2I1L1I1G2E1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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