Pronunciation: (ped'nt), [key]
1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
4. Obs.a schoolmaster.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.