Industrious In*dus"tri*ous, a. [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See {Industry}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; -- commonly implying devotion to lawful and useful labor. [1913 Webster]

Frugal and industrious men are commonly friendly to the established government. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

2. Steadily and perseveringly active in a particular pursuit or aim; as, he was negligent in business, but industrious in pleasure; an industrious mischief maker. [1913 Webster]

Industrious to seek out the truth of all things. --Spenser. -- {In*dus"tri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {In*dus"tri*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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