Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
The making of unreasonably fine distinctions.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
the making of petty distinctions
occupied with or based on petty distinctions
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions.adj.
2. characterized by such distinctions; quibbling: hairsplitting arguments.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||hairsplitting - making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"|
|Adj.||1.||hairsplitting - developed in excessively fine detail; "finespun distinctions"|
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.