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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hair·split·ting a. Making excessively fine or trivial distinctions in reasoning; overly subtle. -- n. The act or practice of making trivial distinctions.
    The ancient hairsplitting technicalities of special pleading.   --Charles Sumner.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : developed in excessively fine detail; "finespun
            distinctions" [syn: finespun]
      n : making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they
          didn't take his hairsplitting seriously" [syn: word-splitting]