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 for diligence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diligence \Di`li*gence"\, n. [F.]
     A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diligence \Dil"i*gence\, n. [F. diligence, L. diligentia.]
     1. The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful
        attention; -- the opposite of negligence.
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     2. Interested and persevering application; devoted and
        painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken;
        assiduity in service.
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              That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified
              in; and the best of me is diligence.  --Shak.
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     3. (Scots Law) Process by which persons, lands, or effects
        are seized for debt; process for enforcing the attendance
        of witnesses or the production of writings.
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     To do one's diligence, give diligence, use diligence,
        to exert one's self; to make interested and earnest
        endeavor.
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              And each of them doth all his diligence
              To do unto the fest['e] reverence.    --Chaucer.
  
     Syn: Attention; industry; assiduity; sedulousness;
          earnestness; constancy; heed; heedfulness; care;
          caution. -- Diligence, Industry. Industry has the
          wider sense of the two, implying an habitual devotion to
          labor for some valuable end, as knowledge, property,
          etc. Diligence denotes earnest application to some
          specific object or pursuit, which more or less directly
          has a strong hold on one's interests or feelings. A man
          may be diligent for a time, or in seeking some favorite
          end, without meriting the title of industrious. Such was
          the case with Fox, while Burke was eminent not only for
          diligence, but industry; he was always at work, and
          always looking out for some new field of mental effort.
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                The sweat of industry would dry and die,
                But for the end it works to.        --Shak.
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                Diligence and accuracy are the only merits which
                an historical writer ascribe to himself. --Gibbon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  diligence
      n 1: conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task;
           giving the degree of care required in a given situation
      2: persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence
         won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still
         regarded as virtues" [syn: diligence, industriousness,
         industry]
      3: a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious
         application" [syn: application, diligence]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "diligence":
     advertence, advertency, alertness, application, ardor, assiduity,
     assiduousness, attention, attention span, attentiveness, awareness,
     bookishness, bulldog tenacity, care, concentration, consciousness,
     consideration, constancy, dogged perseverance, doggedness, ear,
     earnestness, endurance, energeticalness, energy, engrossment,
     fervor, fidelity, heed, heedfulness, indefatigability,
     industriousness, industry, insistence, insistency, intentiveness,
     intentness, laboriousness, loyalty, mindfulness, note, notice,
     observance, observation, obstinacy, pains, painstaking,
     painstakingness, patience, patience of Job, permanence,
     perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinaciousness,
     pertinacity, plodding, plugging, preoccupation, regard,
     regardfulness, relentlessness, remark, resolution, respect,
     scholarliness, scholarship, sedulity, sedulousness,
     single-mindedness, singleness of purpose, slogging, stability,
     stamina, staying power, steadfastness, steadiness,
     stick-to-itiveness, strenuousness, stubbornness, studiousness,
     tenaciousness, tenacity, thoroughgoingness, thoroughness, thought,
     tirelessness, unremittingness, unsparingness, unswerving attention,
     vehemence, zealousness
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DILIGENCE. In Scotland, there are certain forms of law, whereby a creditor 
  endeavors to make good his payment, either by affecting the person of his 
  debtor, or by securing the subjects belonging to him from alienation, or by 
  carrying the property of these subjects to himself. They are either real or 
  personal. 
       2. Real diligence is that which is proper to heritable or real rights,. 
  and of this kind there are two sorts: 1. Inhibitions. 2. Adjudication, which 
  the law has substituted in the place of apprising. 
       3. Personal diligence is that by which the person of the debtor may be 
  secured, or his personal estate affected. Ersk. Pr. L. Scotl. B. 2, t. 11, 
  s. 1. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DILIGENCE, contracts. The doing things in proper time. 
       2. It may be divided into three degrees, namely: ordinary diligence, 
  extraordinary diligence, and slight diligence. It is the reverse of 
  negligence. (q.v.) Under that article is shown what degree of negligence, 
  or want of diligence, will make a party to a contract responsible to the 
  other. Vide Story, Bailm. Index h.t.; Ayl. Pand. 113 1 Miles, Rep. 40. 
  
  

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