[peynz-tey-king, peyn-stey-]
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.

1550–60; pain + -s3 + taking

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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painstaking (ˈpeɪnzˌteɪkɪŋ)
extremely careful, esp as to fine detail: painstaking research

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Word Origin & History

1550s, paynes taking; see pain (n.) + take (v.). Related: Painstakingly.
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Example sentences
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.
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