diligence

If you practice diligence, you are a hard and careful worker. Do you have the diligence to read all the collected works of Henry James? Of course not. Nobody has, but a couple of his early novels won't hurt.

Here's a tip: never buy anything big, like a house or a car or a boat, without first exercising what lawyers call "due diligence" — that is, a real degree of care and attention and effort, not to mention a close reading of the small print. Diligence may help you realize the Brooklyn Bridge is not actually yours to buy, or that your potential neighbor has 112 cats living next door.

Definitions of diligence
  1. noun
    conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
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    conscientiousness, painstakingness
    the trait of being painstaking and careful
  2. noun
    persevering determination to perform a task
    “his diligence won him quick promotions”
    synonyms: industriousness, industry
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    assiduity, assiduousness, concentration
    great and constant diligence and attention
    sedulity, sedulousness
    the quality of being constantly diligent and attentive
    studiousness
    diligent study
    engrossment, intentness
    the quality of being intent and concentrated
    singleness
    the quality of concentrating on one central objective
    bookishness
    exaggerated studiousness
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    determination, purpose
    the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
  3. noun
    a diligent effort
    synonyms: application
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    effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
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