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intr.v. pal·tered, pal·ter·ing, pal·ters Archaic
1. To talk or act insincerely or misleadingly; equivocate.
2. To be capricious; trifle.
3. To quibble, especially in bargaining.

[Origin unknown.]

pal′ter·er n.
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While they talk about condemning people for it ("You dirty palterer!" (51)), they also admit that "given current standards, all of us probably palter from time to time" (51).
The method of adversarial law is to pit two trained palterers against each other.