painstaking


1pains·tak·ing

noun \ˈpān-ˌstā-kiŋ\

Definition of PAINSTAKING

:  the action of taking pains :  diligent care and effort

First Known Use of PAINSTAKING

1538

2painstaking

adjective

: showing or done with great care and effort

Full Definition of PAINSTAKING

:  taking pains :  expending, showing, or involving diligent care and effort
pains·tak·ing·ly \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of PAINSTAKING

  1. The book describes the election process in painstaking detail.
  2. <she was always painstaking about her work>

First Known Use of PAINSTAKING

1696

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