Diligence vs Negligence - What's the difference?

diligence | negligence |

As nouns the difference between diligence and negligence

is that diligence is conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something while negligence is negligence; carelessness.



(en noun)
  • conscientiousness or determination or perseverance when doing something
  • A public stage-coach. (19th century, now used only in reference to France or other European countries including Great Britain.)
  • * 1818 , , Volume 1, Chapter V:
  • Continuing thus, I came at length opposite to the inn at which the various diligences and carriages usually stopped.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1879 , author= , title= , passage=Being in a civilised country of stage-coaches, I determined to sell my lady friend and be off by the diligence that afternoon.}}
  • (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.
  • Synonyms


    Derived terms

    * due diligence


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  • The state of being negligent.
  • (legal, singulare tantum) The tort whereby a duty of reasonable care was breached, causing damage: any conduct short of intentional or reckless action that falls below the legal standard for preventing unreasonable injury.
  • (legal, uncountable) The breach of a duty of care: the failure to exercise a standard of care that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.
  • Usage notes

    * The breach of a duty of care is one element of the tort of negligence, but is also called (term); one must therefore take care to clarify what is meant.