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Meaning of painful

pain•ful

Pronunciation: (pān'ful), [key]
  1. affected with, causing, or characterized by pain: a painful wound; a painful night; a painful memory.
  2. laborious; exacting; difficult: a painful life.
  3. painstaking; careful.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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