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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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