Example sentences for: painstaking

How can you use “painstaking” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • The cinematography is alternately praised as stunning and condemned as boring, but the response to the story line is unanimous: It's a "liberal soap opera" (Richard Schickel, Time ) that consists of a "self-congratulatory anti-prejudice message, fleshed out with painstaking topographic detail" (Dennis Lim, the Village Voice ). A few critics stand up for the film, calling it a "thoughtful, evocative thriller" (Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times ). (Find out more about Hawke here.)

  • Inventory control relied on painstaking, manual comparisons between sales records (paper receipts) and physical counts of items on the floor, in the back room, and in warehouses.

  • And Leigh's technique of leaping back and forth between the finished Mikado and painstaking scenes of rehearsal has magic in it: You're watching straw, then gold, then straw, then gold.

  • As part of the publication process, some authors deposit data into a database but, more often, it is extracted from the published literature and deposited into the databases by human curators, a painstaking process.

  • When will people learn that dictionaries are not the product of the collective imaginations of those who prepare them or the manifestations of the dreams of a single lexicographer but the result of lengthy, painstaking research to determine how the language is being used, the analysis and codification of the results, and then their organization into a usable reference source?


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