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Meaning of HAIRSPLITTING

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"
  2. [adj]  developed in excessively fine detail; "finespun distinctions"
 

HAIRSPLITTING is a 13 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: finespun, precise, word-splitting
 
 See Also: differentiation, distinction

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hair"split`ting\, a.
Making excessively nice or trivial distinctions in reasoning;
subtle. -- n. The act or practice of making trivial
distinctions.

      The ancient hairsplitting technicalities of special
      pleading.                                --Charles
                                               Sumner.

 
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