- 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 painstakingly
The answer is that the Defense Department has a painstakingly slow process to write up its requirements before it builds anything.America’s Advanced Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech
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Before printing processes developed, books took an incredibly long time to make as they had to be painstakingly written by hand.Read All About It: The History Of Print (Suitable For Framing)
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Leather was another major theme this season, and the detail on some the garments was painstakingly laborious.At Balenciaga, Short & Sweet
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Built in 1764, the house has been painstakingly restored by a Parisian couple Annick and Paul Coudrier.On La Route du Cidre: Getting Buzzed on Normandy’s Cider Trail
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We are learning to laugh at ourselves, to eat our pizza with corn on it, and to slowly and painstakingly listen and learn.Life After AIPAC's False Dichotomies
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Hoddan painstakingly fastened his bag to the saddle of the lead horse.
Then he painstakingly pushed in the locking-stud with his other hand.
Beyond that, he set himself down seriously and painstakingly to win her.To Love
Well, Sandy took her home and read her painstakingly and thoughtfully.Dear Enemy
Painstakingly, the two of them went over the checking circuits.The Bramble Bush
Gordon Randall Garrett
- extremely careful, esp as to fine detailpainstaking research
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Word Origin and History for painstakingly
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