- careful and diligent effort.
Origin of painstaking
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1. thorough, scrupulous.
1. Painstaking, careful, meticulous, conscientious all describe persons or behavior demonstrating attention to detail and effective task performance. painstaking stresses diligent and assiduous attention to detail in achieving a desired objective: a painstaking technician; the painstaking editing of a manuscript. Careful , the most general in sense of these words, implies serious intent to perform well and accurately whatever task one has in hand: a careful housepainter; a careful study of the social structure of gangs. Meticulous suggests extreme attention to details, especially the most minute, coupled with an almost obsessive desire to avoid error: a meticulous silversmith, every detail finished to perfection; fussily meticulous about matching shoes and clothing. Conscientious stresses scrupulous effort to obey one's sense of moral obligation to perform tasks well: a conscientious public defender; a conscientious description of the robbery.
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Examples from the Web for painstaking
Without any explanation we watch art restorers at work, and the painstaking, technical deconstruction of a Rembrandt.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery
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Monitoring and surveillance are painstaking work, but necessary to finding and preparing the perfect location.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners
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In months of painstaking negotiations with the gang of eight, he agreed to the existing language.Is Rubio Trapped on Immigration Reform?
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And the rational corrective is invariably slow and painstaking.Boston Marathon Attacks Will Now Define Terrorism For Americans
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Building cover is a long and painstaking process that involves more than remembering not to use a Hebrew word here and there.The Many Scandals Of The Prisoner X Affair
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No science or painstaking can make up for his not doing this.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Excellence in art, as in everything else, can only be achieved by dint of painstaking labour.Self-Help
But there should have been painstaking investigation, even after the fact.Pariah Planet
Then it equally concerns them both to be painstaking and prodigal of toil in all their doings?The Memorabilia
This book is the result of painstaking tests and experiments.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
- extremely careful, esp as to fine detailpainstaking research
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Word Origin and History for painstaking
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