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painstaking

[ peynz-tey-king, peyn-stey- ]
/ ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ, ˈpeɪnˌsteɪ- /
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adjective

taking or characterized by taking pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful: a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.

noun

careful and diligent effort.

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Origin of painstaking

First recorded in 1550–60; pain + -s3 + taking
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.
pains·tak·ing·ly, adverbpains·tak·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for painstaking

painstaking
/ (ˈpeɪnzˌteɪkɪŋ) /

adjective

extremely careful, esp as to fine detailpainstaking research
painstakingly, adverbpainstakingness, noun
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