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(mɪˈnu ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ˈnyu-)

n., pl. -ti•ae (-ʃiˌi)
Usu., minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters.
[1745–55; < Latin minūtia smallness =minūt(us) minute2 + -ia -ia]
mi•nu′ti•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minutia - a small or minor detail; "he had memorized the many minutiae of the legal code"
detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"


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