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

  Diligent \Dil"i*gent\, a. [F. diligent, L. diligens, -entis, p.
     pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly, prefer; di- =
     dis- + legere to choose. See Legend.]
     1. Prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful;
        painstaking; not careless or negligent.
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              The judges shall make diligent inquisition. --Deut.
                                                    xix. 18.
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     2. Interestedly and perseveringly attentive; steady and
        earnest in application to a subject or pursuit; assiduous;
        industrious.
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              Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall
              stand before kings.                   --Prov. xxii.
                                                    29.
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              Diligent cultivation of elegant literature.
                                                    --Prescott.
  
     Syn: Active; assiduous; sedulous; laborious; persevering;
          attentive; industrious.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  diligent
      adj 1: quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or
             exactness; "a diligent (or patient) worker"; "with
             persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing
             business" [syn: diligent, persevering]
      2: characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks;
         "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent
         search of the files" [ant: negligent]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "diligent":
     academic, advertent, agog, alert, all ears, all eyes, ardent,
     assiduous, attentive, aware, bookish, careful, concentrated,
     conscientious, conscious, constant, continuing, devoted to studies,
     dogged, donnish, dryasdust, earnest, elaborate, enduring,
     energetic, faithful, fervent, finical, finicking, finicky, hard,
     hard-working, hardworking, heedful, immutable, inalterable,
     indefatigable, indomitable, industrious, insistent, intense,
     intent, intentive, invincible, laborious, lasting, loyal, mandarin,
     meticulous, mindful, never idle, never-tiring, nice, niggling,
     observant, observing, obstinate, on the ball, on the job,
     open-eared, open-eyed, openmouthed, operose, owlish, painstaking,
     patient, patient as Job, pedantic, permanent, perseverant,
     persevering, persistent, persisting, pertinacious, plodding,
     plugging, preoccupied, professorial, punctilious, rabbinic, rapt,
     regardful, relentless, resolute, scholarly, scholastic, scrupulous,
     sedulous, single-minded, sleepless, slogging, stable, steadfast,
     steady, strenuous, stubborn, studious, tenacious, thorough,
     thoroughgoing, tireless, unabating, unconquerable, undaunted,
     undiscouraged, undrooping, unfailing, unfaltering, unflagging,
     unflinching, unintermitting, uninterrupted, unnodding, unrelaxing,
     unrelenting, unremitting, unsleeping, unsparing, unswerving,
     untiring, unwavering, unwearied, unwearying, unwinking,
     utterly attentive, vehement, watchful, weariless, zealous
  
  

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