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hair·split·ting

 (hâr′splĭt′ĭng)
n.
The making of unreasonably fine distinctions.

hair′split′ter n.
hair′split′ting adj.

hairsplitting

(ˈhɛəˌsplɪtɪŋ)
n
the making of petty distinctions
adj
occupied with or based on petty distinctions
ˈhairˌsplitter n

hair•split•ting

(ˈhɛərˌsplɪt ɪŋ)

n.
1. the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions.
adj.
2. characterized by such distinctions; quibbling: hairsplitting arguments.
[1820–30]
hair′split`ter, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hairsplitting - making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"
differentiation, distinction - a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
Adj.1.hairsplitting - developed in excessively fine detail; "finespun distinctions"
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
Translations

hairsplitting

[ˈhɛəˌsplɪtɪŋ]
1. adjpedante, cavilloso/a
2. npedanteria
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