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(adjective) Marked by care and persistent effort.

Synonyms: sedulous

Usage: By such assiduous and persevering labor they made their way about four hundred and fifty miles up the Missouri.
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If you call someone assiduous, it's a compliment. It means they're careful, methodical and very persistent. Good detectives are classically assiduous types.

Assiduous comes from two Latin words: assiduus, meaning "busy incessant, continual or constant," and assidere, meaning "to sit down to" something. (Funnily enough, we also get the word sedentary, meaning someone who doesn't move around much, a lazy couch potato, from this same last word.) Although we tend to think of sedentary types as being the very opposite of assiduous ones, many assiduous activities (like writing, thinking, or detective work) are best done sitting in a chair.

Still, Mr. Shine is emphatically a member of the network’s old guard, with a reputation as a corporate survivor and an assiduous flatterer.
New York TimesAug 15, 2016

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showing great care and perseverance.
"she was assiduous in pointing out every feature"
synonyms: diligent, careful, meticulous, thorough, sedulous, attentive, industrious, laborious, hard-working, conscientious, ultra-careful, punctilious, painstaking, demanding, exacting, persevering, unflagging, searching, close, elaborate, minute, accurate, correct, studious, rigorous, particular; More
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I thought that 'sedulous' was derived from the verb sedere, 'to sit', which is the case with 'assiduous'.
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Adj. 1. assiduous - marked by care and persistent effortassiduous - marked by care and persistent effort; "her assiduous attempts to learn French"; "assiduous research"; "sedulous pursuit of legal and moral principles"
diligent - characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"
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