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painstaking

[peynz-tey-king, peyn-stey-] /ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ, ˈpeɪnˌsteɪ-/
adjective
1.
taking or characterized by taking, pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful:
a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.
noun
2.
careful and diligent effort.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; pain + -s3 + taking
Related forms
painstakingly, adverb
painstakingness, noun
Synonyms
1. thorough, scrupulous. 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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British Dictionary definitions for pain staking

painstaking

/ˈpeɪnzˌteɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely careful, esp as to fine detail: painstaking research
Derived Forms
painstakingly, adverb
painstakingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pain staking

painstaking

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

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