from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The making of unreasonably fine distinctions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or practice of making sophistical or over-nice distinctions in reasoning.
  • Making sophistical or over-nice distinctions in reasoning; also, made by such reasoning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Making excessively fine or trivial distinctions in reasoning; overly subtle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of considering or arguing about fine details, or worrying about minutiae.

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

  • noun making too fine distinctions of little importance
  • adjective developed in excessively fine detail


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