Pains·tak·ing, n. The act of taking pains; carefulness and fidelity in performance.
Pains·tak·ing a. Careful in doing; diligent; faithful; attentive. “Painstaking men.”
adj : characterized by extreme care and great effort;
"conscientious application to the work at hand";
"painstaking research"; "scrupulous attention to
details" [syn: conscientious, scrupulous]