|n.||1.||The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; - the opposite of negligence.|
|2.||Interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduity in service.|
|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.|
|1.||A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.|
|Noun||1.||diligence - conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation|
|2.||diligence - persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"|
|3.||diligence - a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"|
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.
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
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.