V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

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.

Usage Examples:

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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