Definition of Painstaking

1. Adjective. Characterized by extreme care and great effort. "Scrupulous attention to details"

Exact synonyms: Conscientious, Scrupulous
Similar to: Careful
Derivative terms: Conscientiousness, Painstakingness, Scrupulousness

Definition of Painstaking

1. a. Careful in doing; diligent; faithful; attentive.

2. n. The act of taking pains; carefulness and fidelity in performance.

Definition of Painstaking

1. Adjective. Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure. ¹

2. Noun. The application of careful and attentive effort. ¹

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Definition of Painstaking

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Painstaking

paino nobiles
pains au chocolat
pains in the bum
painstaking (current term)
paint-billed crake
paint-billed crakes
paint a picture
paint by numbers
paint leaf
paint oneself into a corner
paint out
paint roller

Literary usage of Painstaking

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1. Proceedings by North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (1906)
"... age is more tractable ; she will take the advice of her teachers and parents as to what she should do and the way to do it. She is neat and painstaking. ..."

2. Imaginary Obligations by Frank Moore Colby (1908)
"II painstaking ILLITERACY WE are careless enough in our use of words, Heaven knows, but the efforts of a recent writer to set us right only make us hug our ..."

3. Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of by Henry Frank Eshleman (1917)
"... to the eminent minister for so many promises of painstaking care to the eminent Minister) that we do not know well how to accomplish them, since we have ..."

4. Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Fanny Kemble (1864)
"The languishing elegance of some—the painstaking laborious- ness of others—above all, the feats of a certain enthusiastic banjo-player, who seemed to me to ..."

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