Hairsplitting

Definition of Hairsplitting

Hair´split`ting   Pronunciation: ~tĭng
a.1.Making excessively fine or trivial distinctions in reasoning; overly subtle.
The ancient hairsplitting technicalities of special pleading.
- Charles Sumner.

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