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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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Some quibbles could, and should, have been fixed by a good editor.
This reviewer too is on the quibbly side, with four quibbles.
even the most demanding diners would have few quibbles about the physical space - right on the water, with such inviting touches as a brick fireplace and comfortable seating.
The offense's slowness adjusting to opponents, the defense's inability to rush the quarterback, the running backs' stagnant play and some crucial penalties were just a few of the quibbles from Saturday's 28-22 victory over Washington State.
These are small quibbles in this strong collection that is her testament of faith in a world that tests that faith constantly.
These are minor quibbles, however; Lind's voice is articulate and refreshing, and this production does it justice.
But these are quibbles about an otherwise excellent contextual study.
Aside from these quibbles, though, this is an excellent reference source for school and public libraries.
Bacon s scholarship illuminates many such points and I have only a few quibbles.