- Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
- All these painstaking men, considered together, may be said to have completed another species of criticism.
- French: méticuleux, méticuleuse, minutieux, minutieuse
- German: akribisch
- Italian: scrupoloso, minuzioso
- Portuguese: escrupuloso, minucioso, meticuloso
- Russian: о́чень осторо́жный
- Spanish: minucioso, esmerado
- The application of careful and attentive effort.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 10, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
- I esteeme Bocace his Decameron, Rabelais, and the kisses of John the second (if they may be placed under this title) worth the paines-taking to reade them.
- It is not by a flight of imagination that you gain the ascents of spiritual experience. It is by the toils and the watchings and the painstakings of a solid obedience.
- Behold what an abundant recompense attends the small processes of the earth, with the help of a little warm air; and what wealthy returns the industry of the husbandman and the florist is preparing from a few seeds and painstakings.