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Below you will find the definition of painstaking, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - characterized by extreme care and great effort
EXAMPLES - Painstaking in a Sentence
- So, its just going to be a very slow, painstaking process. (source)
- He has to say exactly, in painstaking detail, what he wants to do. (source)
- Both statues are situated in a "painstaking" recreation of the Oval Office. (source)
- Visitors can meet the pair in a "painstaking" recreation of the Oval Office. (source)
- Recalling the painstaking routine work of his youth, he knocked on every door. (source)
- Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith vowed a "painstaking" review of the documents. (source)
- Sadly, my "painstaking" research only tells me that Gil Thorp must have been in the Navy. (source)
- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered investigators to carry out a "painstaking" probe, (source)
- To the Chamber, the joke - and the phony Web site's "painstaking" and "sophisticated" design (source)
- All good work arose in painstaking, painful sobriety, without any pleasant buzzing in the head. (source)
- "It is unusual to think of senators actually doing that kind of painstaking, thorough work," said (source)
- They joyfully name as incompetent charlatans people who have devoted their lives to painstaking research. (source)
- Though both could also be called "painstaking," the two will soon intersect to bring more canal water to Delphos. (source)
- So that's one of the reasons I really support the kind of painstaking patient approach that the president is pursuing. (source)
- It was the kind of painstaking detail that was oftentimes useless to a case, but very occasionally threw up some nugget. (source)
- It was a long, "painstaking" process, but Mr. Foil is convinced that he has at last solved the enigma of the assassination, itself. (source)
- For several weeks the back of my brain was busy contemplating this daft question, after disassembling the word painstaking in my head. (source)
- Visitors can meet the pair in a "painstaking" recreation of the Oval Office, complete with a desk replica and photographs of the Obama family. (source)
- Research into the chromosome 22q11. 2 deletion has been lengthy and painstaking, but scientists and doctors are constantly learning more about it. (source)
- The relief well is close, just four feet laterally from Macondo, but the final stages are painstaking and the bottom-kill is likely still weeks away. (source)
- The reason is clear: No other entity has stepped up to do the kind of painstaking reporting we get from newspapers and other traditional news organizations. (source)
- SUSAN COLLINS (R), MAINE: I know it's unusual to think of senators actually doing that kind of painstaking, thorough work, but that's exactly what we're doing. (source)
- "Mild" seems to fall short, though, when you consider the painstaking work and the time commitment this man has invested in perfecting the art of dry-curing pork. (source)
- CARLSON: Do you see that kind of painstaking work that Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward did, going on today in other than, say, your paper and "The New York Times?" (source)
- Cossrow says it was "painstaking" to gain acceptance in the atmosphere at a race that he says hasn't been featured in a movie since Steve McQueen's Le Mans in 1971. (source)
- Monbiot acknowledges this political fact in a book called painstaking and ambitious plan for reducing carbon emissions enough to avoid the worst ravages of global warming. (source)
- All of that being done last night described as a painstaking process, but the Pentagon says it is on track now to release that tape sometime later today - no firm time yet. (source)
- Maud Colas, the patient navigator assigned to Ms. Williams, recalls painstaking sessions to get her to agree to treatment -- even while respecting her religious convictions. (source)
- That, where parents are too indolent for any kind of painstaking in their families, they will contrive to case the burdens of their duty by one or the other of two distinct methods. (source)
- The kind of painstaking attention to detail that goes into a Court opinion today, versus 40 years ago or more, is on a whole different order from what one sees in those old opinions. (source)
- But now, it's morphed into aid and comfort for all kinds of protectionists (Trumka/AFL-CIO being first out of the box), plus Blinder's "painstaking" analysis of 800 occupational categories. (source)
- The oil giant expects to know within 48 hours if the new cap, which landed Monday after almost three days of painstaking, around-the-clock work a mile below the Gulf's surface, can stanch the flow. (source)
- One of his earliest sporting scenes, it reveals the painstaking studies of perspective, reflections and movement that inform it, as well as Eakins's gift for portraiture and his deep-seated, regional pride. (source)
- Sophie in't Veld, a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands, said lawmakers undertook "painstaking" negotiations to restrict the amount of financial data to which the United States would have access. (source)
- "I know it's unusual to think of senators doing that kind of painstaking, thorough work, but that's exactly what we're doing," said Nelson, a fiscally conservative Democrat who also met with the president Wednesday. (source)
- "We are thrilled that Michelle is joining Barack in the attraction to celebrate an historic year in office," said a spokeswoman, describing the "painstaking" recreation of the Oval Office for the First Couple models. (source)
- However, the sad story of the Yaquis 'fate, at the hands of the Mexican government itself, was related in painstaking detail in a book entitled Barbarous Mexico, published by an American, John Kenneth Turner, in 1911. (source)
- Butterfly Conservation, said Thomas's "painstaking" research was a "watershed moment" for conservation because it showed the importance of managing habitat after a mistaken focus on letting nature take its course during the 1970s. (source)
- SANTIAGO, Chile -- Rescuers buttressed a four-inch-wide lifeline Monday to 33 miners who have been buried deep underground for 18 days in northern Chile, and girded for a painstaking extraction operation that could last through Christmas. (source)
- Not only did the doctor who did my root canal explain, in painstaking detail, what would happen and why, I had to listen to a little lesson about possible risks and sign a whole bunch of papers saying I understood the risks and was OK with them. (source)
- In a culture where a teacher is accorded high respect, and the written word, beginning with the revealed Quran has traditionally been preserved by rote repetition and painstaking memorization, the repetition of unattributed words did not constitute plagiarism. (source)
- It had taken more than 12 hours to slowly lower to the seafloor the peaked box the size of a four-story house, a task that required painstaking precision to accurately position it over the well for fear of damaging the leaking pipe and making the problem worse. (source)
- Worse, when she repeatedly spat out accusations of "sexism" like a village priest at an exorcism, she took for granted a word that has taken years of painstaking, hard work by thousands of women and men to make legitimate simply in order to help a woman win a position she was unfit for. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "painstaking" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 27 synonyms for painstaking.
assiduous, by the book, by the numbers, careful, conscientious, conscionable, diligent, earnest, exact, exacting, finicky, fussbudget, fussy, hard-working, heedful, industrious, particular, persevering, persnickety, picky, punctilious, punctual, scrupulous, sedulous, stickler, strenuous, thoroughgoing
We have 14 antonyms for painstaking.
careless, easy, half-baked, half-done, lazy, lethargic, negligent, thoughtless, uncareful, unconcerned, unenthusiastic, unmindful, unscrupulous, unthorough
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of painstaking from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Marked by or requiring great pains; very careful and diligent. See Synonyms at meticulous.
- (noun) Extremely careful and diligent work or effort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
- (noun) The application of careful and attentive effort.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Careful in doing; diligent; faithful; attentive.
- (noun) The act of taking pains; carefulness and fidelity in performance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The taking of pains; assiduous and careful labor.
- (None) That takes pains or trouble; characterized by close, careful, assiduous, or conscientious application or labor; industrious; laborious and careful: as, a painstaking person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) characterized by extreme care and great effort