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Present active participle of dīligō (esteem, love)


dīligēns m, f, n (genitive dīligentis); third declension

  1. diligent, careful, attentive


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative dīligēns dīligentēs dīligentia
genitive dīligentis dīligentium
dative dīligentī dīligentibus
accusative dīligentem dīligēns dīligentēs dīligentia
ablative dīligente, dīligentī1 dīligentibus
vocative dīligēns dīligentēs dīligentia

1When used purely as an adjective.



  • diligens in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • diligens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • diligens in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • truthful; veracious: veritatis amans, diligens, studiosus
    • a conscientious historian: homo in historia diligens
    • to be exact in calculating dates: diligentem esse in exquirendis temporibus
    • to be pedantic: nimium diligentem esse
    • to be exact, punctual in the performance of one's duty: diligentem esse in retinendis officiis
    • to be economical: diligentem, frugi esse
    • a careful master of the house: diligens paterfamilias
  • Morwood, James. A Latin Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.