1. developed in excessively fine detail
    finespun distinctions
  1. making too fine distinctions of little importance
    they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously
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How To Use hairsplitting In A Sentence

  • That kind of hairsplitting scarcely becomes a superpower-slash-world leader in disarmament. Russ Wellen: Are Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Once Joined at the Hip, Headed for Divorce?
  • She recalled the hairsplitting legalisms of the Icelandic sagas. Operation Luna
  • As for the rest if you, I hope Johanna is as thrilled with your idiotic callousness and hairsplitting as I am. Lea Hernandez Makes Comic About Slur » Comics Worth Reading
  • they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously
  • The bill is another example of Bush's lawyerly "hairsplitting" which is aimed at gutting the clearly articulated provisions of the Geneva Conventions so that he can carry out his torture-regime with impunity. How did we sink so low in just 6 years?
  • That kind of hairsplitting just proves that the country is already in the toilet. America On The Couch
  • The result was an epic display of legalistic obfuscation, nit-picking, hairsplitting and point-scoring. Times, Sunday Times
  • Which seems to capture the situation: If in fact Rove and Libby are indicted, it could turn out to be because the kind of hairsplitting, enigmatic answers that have worked so well as staving off the White House press corps over the years served them very poorly once a resolute federal prosecutor entered the picture. 10/17/2005
  • However, these issues are really just hairsplitting; it is difficult to find fault with such a magisterial work simply because the author did not cast an already broad net even wider.
  • They, who were so clever in hairsplitting argument, seemed incapable of grasping the Roman idea of the State. Chapter 17
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