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painstaking

1550s, paynes taking, "assiduous and careful labor"  (n.), 1690s, "characterized by close or conscientious application, laborious and careful" (adj.), from plural of pain (n.) in the "exertion, effort" sense + present participle of take (v.). Related: Painstakingly.

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Definitions of painstaking from WordNet

painstaking (adj.)
characterized by extreme care and great effort;
painstaking research
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