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HAIRSPLITTING

 Dictionary entry overview: What does hairsplitting mean? 

HAIRSPLITTING (noun)
  The noun HAIRSPLITTING has 1 sense:

1. making too fine distinctions of little importance

  Familiarity information: HAIRSPLITTING used as a noun is very rare.


HAIRSPLITTING (adjective)
  The adjective HAIRSPLITTING has 1 sense:

1. developed in excessively fine detail

  Familiarity information: HAIRSPLITTING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HAIRSPLITTING (noun)


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Meaning:

Making too fine distinctions of little importance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

hairsplitting; word-splitting

Context example:

they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously

Hypernyms ("hairsplitting" is a kind of...):

differentiation; distinction (a discrimination between things as different and distinct)


HAIRSPLITTING (adjective)


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Meaning:

Developed in excessively fine detail

Synonyms:

hairsplitting; finespun

Context example:

finespun distinctions

Similar:

precise (sharply exact or accurate or delimited)


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