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Definition hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties

More specifically in law, diligence  or due diligence refers to the care or attention expected by the law in doing something such as fulfilling the terms of a contract.

More rarely, but sometimes seen in classic literature, a diligence is a public stagecoach.
  • She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
  • A diligent detective investigates all clues.
  • diligent = characterized by hard work and care in tasks
  • Diligent hand washing is the best defense against infections.
  • The performance review described her as punctual, enthusiastic, and diligent.
  • The job requires more diligence than raw talent.
  • He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.
  • It [The Parable of the Talents] was told to illustrate the Kingdom of Heaven, and that diligence in carrying out our responsibilities is essential for more important tasks in the future.
    Parable of the Talents - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Here, love, thou seest how diligent I am,
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Ellaha found work with an American construction company and quickly impressed the managers with her intelligence and diligence.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • diligence = hard work and care
  • This state of affairs rewarded people's diligence, imagination, and ingenuity.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • diligence = hard work and care in tasks
  • They worked diligently hardly raising their faces from the ground,
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • diligently = with hard work and care
  • Maraa Isabel is misspending the hard-earned money, $100 to $150 a month, that Enrique diligently sends his daughter.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • diligently = with hard work and care
  • Kids matured at different rates, and some kids practiced with more diligence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • diligence = hard work and care
  • ...I knew, the quiet Victor who studied diligently or smiled shyly at Diane...
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • diligently = with hard work and care
  • Harry was diligently avoiding contact with any of them;
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • diligently = carefully and persistently
  • Weeding was done by hand, diligently and unceasingly, because the seedlings could easily be choked by other plant life.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • diligently = with hard work and care
  • ...he was actually going about his task with more energy and diligence than I had expected.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • diligence = hard work and care
  • So, if it's not too personal, may I ask what you're working so diligently on?
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • diligently = with hard work and care
  • Here and there boys with hoes smoothed out little patches of roadway, making shows of their diligence, then lifting their hands in the hope of reward.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • diligence = hard work and care
  • The third week, however, what could happen even to the cleverest, most diligent, most upright of scholars ... happened to him.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
diligent = hard working

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