Part of speech: adjective

Taking pains.

Part of speech: noun

Diligent and careful endeavor.

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Usage examples "painstaking":

  1. But let not mothers imagine that there is any new way of successfully training children, or of escaping the old- time self- denial and continuous painstaking. - "Around The Tea-Table", T. De Witt Talmage.
  2. It may be accidentally discovered; it may be produced and can be produced by systematic, painstaking work in breeding. - "The Pecan and its Culture", H. Harold Hume.
  3. A story is told of how Hubert van Eyck painted a picture upon which he had lavished his usual painstaking care. - "The Book of Art for Young People", Agnes Conway Sir Martin Conway.