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hairsplitting


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hairsplitting  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hairsplitting 
  adj  :  developed  in  excessively  fine  detail;  "finespun 
  distinctions"  [syn:  {finespun}] 
  n  :  making  too  fine  distinctions  of  little  importance;  "they 
  didn't  take  his  hairsplitting  seriously"  [syn:  {word-splitting}] 




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