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English noun: quibble

1. quibble (communication) an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

Synonymscavil, quiddity

Broader (hypernym)equivocation, evasion

English verb: quibble

1. quibble (communication) evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt

2. quibble (communication) argue over petty things

SamplesLet's not quibble over pennies.

ExamplesSam and Sue quibble, Sam wants to quibble with Sue

Synonymsbicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, squabble

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)argue, contend, debate, fence

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