A synonym for diligent?

Tenacious perhaps (it's an adjective, as is diligent), but not tenacity (that's a noun).

Faithful, hard-working, focused, industrious, meticulous, contientious
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Synonyms of diligent: assiduousness, industry, meticulousness, conscientiousness, thoroughness, attentiveness, carefulness, persistence. http://encarta.msn.com/thesaurus_5615711...

SYNONYMS busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous. These adjectives suggest active or sustained effort to accomplish something. Busy, the most general, sometimes indicates constant and customary work or activity: a busy lawyer; a busy day. Industrious implies steady application that is often habitual or the result of a natural inclination: weeds pulled by an industrious gardener. Diligent suggests constant painstaking effort, often toward the achievement of a specific goal: a diligent detective. Assiduous emphasizes sustained application: assiduous efforts to learn French. Sedulous adds to assiduous the sense of persistent, thoroughgoing endeavor: “the sedulous pursuit of legal and moral principles” (Ernest van den Haag). http://www.answers.com/topic/busy?cat=bi...

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