• (British) IPA: /ˈdɪlɪdʒəns/


  1. Steady application; industry; careful work involving long-term effort.
  2. The qualities of a hard worker, including conscientiousness, determination, and perseverance.
  3. Carefulness.
    due diligence
  4. (historical, 19th century) A public stage-coach.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Volume 1, Chapter V:
      Continuing thus, I came at length opposite to the inn at which the various diligences and carriages usually stopped.
  5. (legal, Scotland) The 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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  • German: Sorgfalt
  • Russian: рачительность
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