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[peynz-tey-king, peyn-stey-] /ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ, ˈpeɪnˌsteɪ-/
taking or characterized by taking, pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful:
a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.
careful and diligent effort.
Origin of painstaking
1550-60; pain + -s3 + taking
Related forms
painstakingly, adverb
painstakingness, noun
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. Unabridged
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  • Then the figures-each made of linen bundles wrapped in wire armatures-were painstakingly cleaned and repaired.
  • They painstakingly portrayed fair damsels and brave knights.
  • To play even a simple piece would require many different instruments, each painstakingly tuned.
  • The film is painstakingly researched, personally focused yet global in political and social reach.
  • Since then, researchers have painstakingly freed the fossils.
  • Joining the stabilized bones with clay, the scientists painstakingly rebuilt pieces of the skull.
  • Rather than a rushed job, it was a long and painstakingly careful process.
  • They were threatening to dismember an empire that he had painstakingly built up over five decades.
  • To make a transducer by painstakingly micro-machining a brittle block of ceramic material can take many hours of work, though.
  • Another, identifying who was using water and putting in meters to measure their consumption, was painstakingly time-consuming.
British Dictionary definitions for painstakingly


extremely careful, esp as to fine detail: painstaking research
Derived Forms
painstakingly, adverb
painstakingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for painstakingly


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

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