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From pains +‎ taking.



painstaking (comparative more painstaking, superlative most painstaking)

  1. Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
    • (Can we date this quote by Harris and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      All these painstaking men, considered together, may be said to have completed another species of criticism.


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painstaking (countable and uncountable, plural painstakings)

  1. The application of careful and attentive effort.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 10, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      I esteeme Bocace his Decameron, Rabelais, and the kisses of John the second (if they may be placed under this title) worth the paines-taking to reade them.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Chalmers and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      It is not by a flight of imagination that you gain the ascents of spiritual experience. It is by the toils and the watchings and the painstakings of a solid obedience.
    • (Can we date this quote by Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Behold what an abundant recompense attends the small processes of the earth, with the help of a little warm air; and what wealthy returns the industry of the husbandman and the florist is preparing from a few seeds and painstakings.