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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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Sure, there are exceptions, but they are so few that quibblers end up citing the same ones over and over.
But of course in the Islamic states, as in the West, there are plenty of dissenters and quibblers, and those hungry for mental and political freedom.
The quibblers will quibble that Morin's placement of "cast" doesn't exist in the original Spanish.
Leigh Fermor need not have worried about quibblers.
"Quibblers will, of course, find more holes in all this than there are in a chunk of Swiss cheese.
Quibblers might also find fault with the book's incomplete treatment of the Safeguards Agreement.
But Twenty20 chugged past those quibblers many sixes ago, and the hot tip is that tournament supremo Lalit Modi has ambitions to take his baby to the United States - the last bastion of unconquered television rights for cricket, a potential goldmine.
Quibblers will be sure to point out the car alarm problem has gotten considerably better in recent years, though New York auds will have to recalibrate their learned survival immunities after "Noise" resensitizes them to the sounds around them.