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  • n. A person who makes extremely, possibly excessively, fine distinctions (who would separate something as fine as a hair into two pieces and distinguish them).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes excessively fine or needless distinctions in reasoning; one who quibbles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One given to hair-splitting or making sophistical distinctions in reasoning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions

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