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quibble

verb bicker, cavil, contend with, differ, dispute, dissent, equivocate, fence, haggle, join issue, oppose, palter, quarrel, tergiversate, wrangle
See also: equivocate, haggle, prevaricate, tergiversate

QUIBBLE. A slight difficulty raised without necessity or propriety; a cavil.
     2. No justly eminent member of the bar will resort to a quibble in his argument. It is contrary to his oath, which is to be true to the court as well as to the client; and bad policy because by resorting to it, he will lose his character as a man of probity.

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One final quibble is that the book's audience would have been broader had the use of academic jargon been more limited.
I have only one quibble with the article's author, and that is with respect to Innes's appeal.
While one could quibble with the temporal shift in the names in his subtitle as being slightly less than rigorous in accuracy, by and large, this is a fascinating book, one that should be of interest to those who think primarily with either side of their brains (i.
Some people like to quibble over Lenten Sundays also.
While long-time fans will quibble over the absence of some tracks, be they Two Halves Of A whole (1988), The Leap O' Faith (1993), Devil Music (1995), or Ride With Me (1998), the 17 songs that made it are an effective cross-section of the huge talents of a real treasure.
Although both statements in the subtitle could be argued, let's not quibble.
One might quibble with Shannon's recommendations for introductory readings.
My only quibble has less to do with the work itself than a developing publishing culture that markets what amount to long essays by black public intellectuals as separate commodities.
punalso called paronomasiaperhaps from Italian puntiglio quibble, fine point
A remarkable performance, both piece by piece and all in all, but with items for quibbly reviewers to quibble about.
Well," the distributor shot back, if you want to quibble.
Other climate experts may quibble with that assertion, but they agree that aerosols inject serious uncertainty into their forecasts.