An example of a quibble is comparing a serious political issue to a minor daily life issue.
An example of to quibble is to provide excuses instead of saying the truth.
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Origin of quibble
- Probably diminutive of obsolete quib equivocation perhaps from Latin quibus dative and ablative pl. of quī who, what (from its frequent use in legal documents) kwo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From a diminutive of Latin quibus, which appeared frequently in legal documents.