painstaking

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

Definition of painstaking 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: taking pains : expending, showing, or involving diligent care and effort painstaking research painstaking tasks painstaking accuracy

painstaking

noun

Definition of painstaking (Entry 2 of 2)

: the action of taking pains : diligent care and effort … greater painstaking to achieve incidental verisimilitude and accuracy of detail …Times Literary Supplement

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Other Words from painstaking

Adjective

painstakingly \ ˈpān-​ˌstā-​kiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for painstaking

Synonyms: Adjective

careful, conscientious, fussy, loving, meticulous, scrupulous

Antonyms: Adjective

careless

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Examples of painstaking in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

From a mod library in orange and charcoal to a sparkling white kitchen and leopard walls, a 300-year old colonial in Westchester County, New York, get a painstaking redo—and a dose of 21st-century glam. Fred Nicolaus, House Beautiful, "How Andrew Flesher Used Bright Colors And Leopard Print To Rescue A Historic Home," 6 Dec. 2018 Timeless design, painstaking craftsmanship, and real wood construction—lending permanence, warmth and meaning to your country home. Country Living, "YOUR HOME DESERVES MORE THAN ORDINARY DOORS," 2 Oct. 2018 Across the bay Théodore Reinach, the politician and scholar, conceived of the inimitable Villa Kerylos, a painstaking reconstruction of an ancient Greek villa built on Delos in the second century BC. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Their experiences, and mine, illustrate one of the more difficult challenges of decarbonizing the economy: Right now, most homes are heated and cooled by fossil fuels, and changing that is going to be complicated and painstaking. David Roberts, Vox, "Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify.," 2 July 2018 The recipe is hilarious, painstaking and far too daunting to take on. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "‘The Best Cook in the World,’ by Rick Bragg," 15 June 2018 As with all great art, Carlos Alberto's 86th minute strike in the 1970 World Cup Final was predetermined with painstaking and thoughtful preparation, yet executed with the impression of unbridled spontaneity. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 12 Weeks to Go - The Goal That Defined the Legendary 1970 Brazil Team," 1 Apr. 2018 Proving that pedigree is currently a painstaking and long process often done by hand, sifting through paper documents and receipts, and is often inconclusive. Molly Schuetz, Bloomberg.com, "Startup Codex Brings Blockchain to Art With Backing From Pantera," 28 Feb. 2018 Exhuming the burial sites—containing up to 12,000 victims—is painstaking work for which Iraq is poorly equipped. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Islamic State Left 200 Mass Graves in Iraq, U.N. Says," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both Corker and Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, credited McCarry with leading the painstaking, behind-the-scenes negotiations. Joshua Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, "Back channel with Boston roots helped free Utah man in Venezuela," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of painstaking

Adjective

circa 1685, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1538, in the meaning defined above

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painstaking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of painstaking

: showing or done with great care and effort

painstaking

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

Kids Definition of painstaking

: taking or showing great care painstaking work

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painstakingly adverb

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