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From Middle English diligent, from Old French diligent, from Latin diligens (careful, attentive, diligent), present participle of diligere (to love, esteem much, literally to choose, select), from di-, dis- (apart) + legere (to choose); see elect and select.

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diligent (comparative more diligent, superlative most diligent)

  1. Performing with intense concentration, focus, responsible regard.
    Scientists are very diligent in their work.

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diligent (feminine singular diligente, masculine plural diligents, feminine plural diligentes)

  1. diligent

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