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pedant (noun) person insisting too much on rules and details, especially in matters of learning or teaching.

You are a pedant if you go too much by the rules of learning or teaching. You are a pedant if you insist more on how a person learns than on what or how much they have learned. A pedant is more concerned with the procedure of teaching than on making it easy for the pupil.

  • Ms. Tucker, our math teacher is a pedant. She insists too much on our doing a problem step by step, and does not appreciate our jumping the steps, even if we arrive at the correct answer.
  • The pedant could not appreciate the play for its wonderful effect. On the other hand, he found fault with it for not being written according to the rules of playwriting.
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