hairsplitting

Definitions of hairsplitting
  1. noun
    making too fine distinctions of little importance
    “they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously”
    synonyms: word-splitting
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    type of:
    differentiation, distinction
    a discrimination between things as different and distinct
  2. adjective
    developed in excessively fine detail
    synonyms: finespun
    precise
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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