The definition of painstaking is requiring a lot of care, effort or hard work.
An example of something painstaking is a project requiring students to count every frame in a three hour long movie, a painstaking project.
the act of taking pains; great care or diligence
- taking pains; very careful; diligent
- characterized by great care
- Acting with, showing, or involving great care and attention. See Synonyms at meticulous.
- Usage Problem Attended by difficulties; arduous.
(comparative more painstaking, superlative most painstaking)