Quibble is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of quibble, followed by 32 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
EXAMPLES - Quibble in a Sentence
- He told NEWSWEEK he didn't want to "quibble" over negative reports. (source)
- But other than that quibble, Samaranch saw Brundage as a kindred spirit. (source)
- Indeed, my quibble is a small one: is everyone a fucking nerd these days? (source)
- It's hard to quibble with a name for a group like "Americans for Prosperity." (source)
- My main quibble with this movie is that it went on for fifteen minutes after it ended. (source)
- My quibble with it - well, first off, I recognize completely the historical validity of it. (source)
- The only quibble is that I think she takes better care of her soldiers than Grant. rea says: (source)
- If one were to quibble with Clausewitz it would simply be that not all defensive battles are alike. (source)
- It was very natural, therefore, that the common people, by a quibble, which is the same in Flemish as in (source)
- Representative FRED UPTON (Republican, Michigan): Do you quibble with any of the findings in this letter? (source)
- "My quibble is the statement in its totality: that a" significant number "of patents would be invalidated." (source)
- A quibble is the golden apple for which he will always turn aside from his career, or stoop from his elevation. (source)
- My only quibble is that it overlooks this part: Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any ... (source)
- My quibble is the use of the word "secularism," a term that, as our commenters have shown, is subject to many meanings. (source)
- "This is not really my favorite era of Stevie Nicks 'hairstyles, but that seems like a minor quibble with this gorgeous item." (source)
- My only quibble is with his description of Christian readers "straining every sinew to force a Christian hermeneutic" on Harry Potter. (source)
- My only quibble is that at the end both Gregory and Susan had five favorite fantasy books, and you didn't let us know what they all were. (source)
- As 'teleonomy' was specifically coined (Pittendrigh, 1958) to distinguish between actual and apparent purpose, the quibble is appropriate. (source)
- A second quibble is the small chapters, some as few as three pages and none longer than 10, which present stories more like a magazine would. (source)
- David Frost: You have explained how you have got caught up in this thing, you've explained your motives: I don't want to quibble about any of that. (source)
- I was startled, therefore, to note Undersecretary Baker's "quibble" with my reporting of the demise of the National Center for Health Care Technology. (source)
- John: I should not have used the word quibble, which indicated a more dismissive attitude to the subject of pay and differences of pay than I intended. (source)
- Only minor quibble is that in the odd story intros she gets a tad didactic telling you what you should think of a story if you are one of the smart ones. (source)
- Below, you'll find a dozen questions relevant to the future of Maryland politics -- all of which will have answers that shouldn't leave much to quibble over. (source)
- However, the question of whether to raise climate change in discussions of flash floods (and other extreme events) constitutes more than a quibble over semantics. (source)
- On the negative side, the editing in the movie isn't the best and it looks like some scenes were just chopped off for timing purposes, but this is just a tiny quibble. (source)
- My only quibble is with the colouring of some of the characters, I guess they were supposed to be olive coloured, but I thought their skin made them looka bit like zombies. (source)
- My only quibble is placing the bullshit noncredible blurb above the title while relegating the contributor list to the very bottom, where is will be partially blocked by many shelf designs. (source)
- It is true that Arabs are also a Semitic people, but getting bogged down in this kind of quibble when the word has been used for centuries to mean hatred of Jews isn't conducive to anything. (source)
- He said that though the inaccurate predictions are his main "quibble" with the Bank of Canada's performance under Mr. Carney, the forecast does not appear to have kept Mr. Carney from responding effectively to the crisis. (source)
- The other quibble is that it feels as if there are a couple of narrative chunks missing towards the end of this volume -- specifically, I wanted two more scenes between Doc and Kate Holliday (best Kate Elder in the history of fiction, by the way); and one more scene with Mrs. Benjamin. (source)
- My quibble with it is just that it seems to be, you know, the criticism comes because it's again, its sort of this originalist argument, that in society today, Im not quite sure that, you know, that if you look at these statistics that, you know, that gun crime - I mean as far as use of guns by African-Americans happened in defending their property against white people. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 32 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "quibble" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 20 synonyms for quibble.
artifice, cavil, criticism, dodge, duplicity, equivocation, evasion, hair-splitter, nicety, niggle, nit-picker, pretense, prevarication, protest, quiddity, quirk, shift, sophism, subterfuge, subtlety
We have 10 antonyms for quibble.
agreement, approval, concurrence, directness, facing, honesty, meeting, openness, praise, reality
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of quibble from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To evade the truth or importance of an issue by raising trivial distinctions and objections.
- (verb-intransitive) To find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil.
- (noun) A petty distinction or an irrelevant objection.
- (noun) Archaic A pun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument.
- (verb) To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
- (noun) A pun; a low conceit.
- (verb-intransitive) To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate.
- (verb-intransitive) To pun; to practice punning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To trifle in argument or discourse; evade the point in question, or the plain truth, by artifice, play upon words, or any conceit; prevaricate.
- (None) To pun.
- (noun) A start or turn from the point in question, or from plain truth; an evasion; a prevarication.
- (noun) A pun; a trivial conceit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
- (verb) argue over petty things
- (noun) an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections