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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.
    • 1781, James Harris, Philological Inquiries
      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, London: [] 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.
    • c. 1836, Thomas Chalmers, Lectures on the Romans
      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.
    • 1852, Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham, Sermons in the Order of a Twelvemonth, "Sermon VI"
      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.