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[peynz-tey-king, peyn-stey-] /ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ, ˈpeɪnˌsteɪ-/

or characterized by , or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful:
a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.
careful and diligent effort.
extremely careful, esp as to fine detail: painstaking research

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


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