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Diligence is steadfast application, assiduousness and industry—the virtue of hard work. It is one of the seven heavenly virtues.
Diligence in students is correlated with academic performance. This is especially found in younger students. The support of parents is significant in encouraging students to be diligent. Other factors which encourage diligence in students include discipline, concentration, conformity and spirituality.
The last words of the Buddha was "Strive on with diligence". Diligence is an integral part of all Buddhist teaching, and is considered the fourth of the pāramitā. In Mahayana tradition diligence is the third pāramitā and the first which is said to lead to liberation. The practice of diligence will bring an increase of qualities.
Due diligence is the necessary amount of diligence required in a professional activity to avoid being negligent. This commonly arises in major acquisitions where the legal principle of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) requires the purchaser to make a diligent survey of the property or service.
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