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quibble

[ kwib-uhl ]
/ ˈkwɪb əl /
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noun

an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
the general use of such arguments.
petty or carping criticism; a minor objection.

verb (used without object), quib·bled, quib·bling.

to equivocate.
to carp; cavil.

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Origin of quibble

1605–15; perhaps derivative (cf. -le) of quib gibe, apparently akin to quip
quibbler, nounoutquibble, verb (used with object), out·quib·bled, out·quib·bling.
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British Dictionary definitions for quibble

quibble
/ (ˈkwɪbəl) /

verb (intr)

to make trivial objections; prevaricate
archaic to play on words; pun

noun

a trivial objection or equivocation, esp one used to avoid an issue
archaic a pun
quibbler, nounquibbling, adjective, nounquibblingly, adverb
C17: probably from obsolete quib, perhaps from Latin quibus (from quī who, which), as used in legal documents, with reference to their obscure phraseology
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