painstaking








adjective

  1. taking or characterized by taking pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful: a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.

noun

  1. careful and diligent effort.

adjective

  1. extremely careful, esp as to fine detailpainstaking research

1550s (n.), 1690s (adj.), paynes taking, from plural of pain (n.) + present participle of take (v.). Related: Painstakingly.

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