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painstaking

[peynz-tey-king, peyn-stey-]
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adjective
  1. taking or characterized by taking pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful: a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.
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noun
  1. careful and diligent effort.
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Origin of painstaking

First recorded in 1550–60; pain + -s3 + taking
Related formspains·tak·ing·ly, adverbpains·tak·ing·ness, noun

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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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Historical Examples of painstaking

  • 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

    Samuel Smiles

  • But there should have been painstaking investigation, even after the fact.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Then it equally concerns them both to be painstaking and prodigal of toil in all their doings?

  • This book is the result of painstaking tests and experiments.

    Taxidermy

    Leon Luther Pray


British Dictionary definitions for painstaking

painstaking

adjective
  1. extremely careful, esp as to fine detailpainstaking research
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Derived Formspainstakingly, adverbpainstakingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for painstaking

1550s (n.), 1690s (adj.), paynes taking, from plural of pain (n.) + present participle of take (v.). Related: Painstakingly.

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