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quibble (verb)
To raise an insignificant point; to trifle in argument or discourse.

The other students felt their class time was being wasted when Mary would quibble with every point the professor made.
spurious (adj):
Not legitimate; unfounded; false.
supposition (noun):
Hypothesis; conjecture; surmise; opinion or belief without sufficient evidence.
upshot (noun):
Final issue; conclusion; the end result.
demographic (adj)
Relating to trends in a population.

The US census, which collects demographic information about people living in the United States, reports the changing rates of births, deaths and marriages around the country.
unrequited (adj)
Not repaid or returned.

His love for Heloise went unrequited; he would call and she would not return his messages, and when they met on the street, she would scarcely greet him.
divisive (adj)
Creating, or tending to create, separation, or difference.

Tensions between the brains and the jocks at Riverside High were heightened when some teachers made divisive remarks suggesting that the jocks were not being penalized for their poor academic records.
altruism (noun)
Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; human kindness.

The mayor commended Omar for his altruism in donating so much of his time to volunteer work with cancer patients
forestall (verb)
To take beforehand; to anticipate; to hinder or prevent by measures taken in advance.

After Karl had served each of the children their one allotted cookie, he hid the bag away to forestall any efforts by the kids to get him to give them more.
coddle (verb)
To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.

Some parents disapproved of the way Mikeala coddled her nine-year-old son, saying that she overindulged him and paid him too much attention.