V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (adj.) involving extreme pains, care, and attention to detail; (n.) the act of taking extreme pains or paying close attention to detail
Synonyms: (adj.) meticulous, careful, diligent, exacting, scrupulous, concentrated, (n.) meticulousness, exactness, diligence
Antonyms: (adj.) careless, irresponsible, slack, (n.) carelessness
Tips: Think of the related noun pains, which means "the effort taken to obtain a goal." Something that is painstaking requires or takes great pains to finish. Painstaking is used as an adjective more commonly than as a noun.
Her thesis required a year's worth of painstaking research and planning. (meticulous, diligent) adjective
It was slow and painstaking work to restore his grandmother's antique armoire, but it was worth it. (careful, exacting) adjective
The scientist's years of painstaking research paid off when she discovered the gene involved in determining a predisposition to diabetes. (diligent, concentrated, exacting) adjective
Our painstaking effort on this project will be well worth it if the client is happy. (diligent, concentrated) adjective
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