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Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
The application of careful and attentive effort.
From pains (plural usage) + taking.
The vestment was a monument of careful and painstaking research, profusely illustrated.
Princess Mary well knew this painstaking expression of her father's.
As a soldier, Sheridan combined brilliant courage and painstaking skill.
His good-conduct notes for this period describe him as "docile, patient, diligent, painstaking, thorough."
The object to be lacquered, which is generally made of thin white pine, is subjected to singularly thorough and painstaking treatment.
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