hairsplitter definition

  • noun:
    • an individual who makes exceptionally, possibly exceptionally, good differences (that would split some thing as fine as a hair into two pieces and distinguish all of them).
    • a person who tends to make exceedingly fine or unnecessary distinctions in reasoning; a person who quibbles.
    • One provided to hair-splitting or making sophistical differences in thinking.
    • a disputant just who tends to make unreasonably good distinctions

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