What are some opposite words for diligent?

Antonyms for diligent
ˈdɪl ɪ dʒəntdili·gent

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. diligent

    Active refers to both quickness and constancy of action; in the former sense it is allied with agile, alert, brisk, etc.; in the latter, with busy, diligent, industrious. The active love employment, the busy are actually employed, the diligent and the industrious are habitually busy. The restless are active from inability to keep quiet; their activity may be without purpose, or out of all proportion to the purpose contemplated. The officious are undesirably active in the affairs of others. Compare ALERT; ALIVE; MEDDLESOME.

    Antonyms:
    dull, heavy, idle, inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, quiescent, quiet, slow, sluggish, stupid

    Synonyms:
    active, agile, alert, brisk, bustling, busy, energetic, expeditious, industrious, lively, mobile, nimble, officious, prompt, quick, ready, restless, sprightly, spry, supple, vigorous, wide awake

    Preposition:
    Active in work, in a cause; for an object, as for justice; with persons or instrumentalities; about something, as about other people's business.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. diligent, perseveringadjective

    quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness

    "a diligent (or patient) worker"; "with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business"

    Antonyms:
    slack, derelict, impatient, delinquent, negligent, neglectful, lax, inattentive, hit-and-run(a), remiss

    Synonyms:
    persevering

  2. diligentadjective

    characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

    "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"

    Antonyms:
    lax, derelict, impatient, neglectful, inattentive, slack, delinquent, remiss, negligent, hit-and-run(a)

    Synonyms:
    persevering

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. diligentadjective

    Antonyms:
    lazy

    Synonyms:
    sedulous, industrious, assiduous, persevering

How to use diligent in a sentence?

  1. Nathaniel Gleicher:

    If you are very, very loud, if you go viral very, very fast that's exactly the sort of thing that our automated systems will detect and flag, so when actors have really diligent, deliberate and effective operational security it weakens their ability to build an audience.

  2. Ted Cruz:

    She has worked hard, won a diligent campaign.

  3. Roger Wicker:

    The main thing that helps our candidates is, state by state, the fact that they've tended to business, they've been diligent legislators and taken care of the home folks.

  4. Denis Diderot:

    Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.

  5. The IOC:

    The city must be diligent in making sure the Games obligations are fully met.

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