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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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Leigh Fermor need not have worried about quibblers.
Quibblers might also find fault with the book's incomplete treatment of the Safeguards Agreement.
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And seeing that the Police Commission is made up of Villaraigosa appointees, Bratton's extension would seem to be a done deal -- except for the quibblers on the City Council who like to take credit for other people's good works.
that makes objectors, quibblers by definition (that is, those who have come to believe their own talk) is to sidestep proving or demonstrating the core argument.