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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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Certainly, he quibbled good-naturedly with me just before Christmas when he'd heard me say on the radio that with their bunch of talented players, the club should not have been flirting with relegation threats.
Nope, he quibbled with the idea of adapting the novel as a stage musical.
As always, certain renderings can be quibbled with, but more often I was impressed by the skill and tact with which Walsh has found just the right English phrasing to get across an idea easier to express in Latin than in English.