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1painstaking

noun pains·tak·ing \ˈpān-ˌstā-kiŋ\

Definition of PAINSTAKING

:  the action of taking pains :  diligent care and effort
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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
PAINSTAKINGLY Defined for Kids

painstaking

adjective pains·tak·ing \ˈpān-ˌstā-kiŋ\

Definition of PAINSTAKING for Kids

:  taking or showing great care <painstaking work>
pains·tak·ing·ly adverb

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