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Meaning of pilpul

pil•pul

Pronunciation: (pil'pool), [key]
— n.
  1. a method of disputation among rabbinical scholars regarding the interpretation of Talmudic rules and principles or Scripture that involves the development of careful and often excessively subtle distinctions.
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