Definitions for hairsplittingˈhɛərˌsplɪt ɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. hairsplitting, word-splitting(adj)

    making too fine distinctions of little importance

    "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"

  2. finespun, hairsplitting(adj)

    developed in excessively fine detail

    "finespun distinctions"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. hairsplitting(Noun)

    The act of considering or arguing about fine details, or worrying about minutiae.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Hairsplitting(adj)

    making excessively nice or trivial distinctions in reasoning; subtle

  2. Hairsplitting(noun)

    the act or practice of making trivial distinctions


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