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English definition of “pedantic”


adjective     /pəˈdæn.tɪk/ US  /pedˈæn-/ disapproving
giving too much attention to formal rules or small details : They were being unnecessarily pedantic by insisting that Berry himself, and not his wife , should have made the announcement .Wanting everything to be right pedantically     /-tɪ.kəl.i/ adverb Wanting everything to be right
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