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  1. [n]  making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"
  2. [adj]  developed in excessively fine detail; "finespun distinctions"

HAIRSPLITTING is a 13 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: finespun, precise, word-splitting
 See Also: differentiation, distinction



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hair"split`ting\, a.
Making excessively nice or trivial distinctions in reasoning;
subtle. -- n. The act or practice of making trivial

      The ancient hairsplitting technicalities of special
      pleading.                                --Charles

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