Definitions for hairsplitter

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hair•split•tingˈhɛərˌsplɪt ɪŋ(n.)

  1. the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (adj.)characterized by such distinctions; quibbling:

    hairsplitting arguments.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hairsplitter(noun)

    a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions


  1. hairsplitter(Noun)

    A person who makes extremely, possibly excessively, fine distinctions (who would separate something as fine as a hair into two pieces and distinguish them).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hairsplitter(noun)

    one who makes excessively nice or needless distinctions in reasoning; one who quibbles


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