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"Surmountable" sounds so much weirder there than "insurmountable"..

As in:

Was that a rejection? At the time it seemed like maybe he just had a few surmountable objections...

  • Nothing wrong with "surmountable". – Kaiser Octavius Jun 20 '13 at 2:21
  • But isn't there something more ELEGANT? – Tom Lehman Jun 20 '13 at 2:21
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    Elegance is in some degree subjective. Maybe if you edited your question to include the complete sentence, I might get a better idea of why you think "surmountable" is inelegant. – Kaiser Octavius Jun 20 '13 at 2:25
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    I would have rephrased it as At the time it seemed like maybe he had a few objections, but nothing insurmountable. – TrevorD Jun 20 '13 at 10:41
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    @Horace Loeb: Okay, then, maybe not. – Kaiser Octavius Jun 20 '13 at 12:56
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Possibly superficial (“Shallow, lacking substance”) would work well to modify objections in that context. Depending on the larger context and the desired slant, some of the following terms might also work:
minor, “Of little significance or importance”
insignificant, “Not significant; not important, consequential, or having a noticeable effect”
trivial, “Of little significance or value”
insubstantial, “Lacking substance; not real or strong”
nominal, in its sense “Insignificantly small; trifling”
secondary, “Of less than primary importance”
pro forma, “For the sake of form only”
perfunctory, “Done merely to discharge a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference; as, perfunctory admonitions...”

For replacing both words (objections and its adjective) consider nouns
cavil, “A petty or trivial objection or criticism”
nit, a trivial detail (as in nitpicking, “A process of finding or pointing out tiny details or errors, particularly if the pointed-out details seem insignificant or irrelevant to all but the finder”)
minutia, “A minor detail, often of negligible importance”

  • +1 I too was thinking about: At the time it seemed like maybe he just had a few nits but no showstoppers... – Jim Jun 20 '13 at 5:16
  • If you told me he had nits, I'd spray him with insecticide. – Jim Reynolds Feb 11 '15 at 14:24
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If you mean the obstacles were of little consequence, jwpat7's suggestions offer many choices.

If you are looking for more "elegant" perhaps conquerable.

Or perhaps an analogy

What seemed like molehills have reared up into mountians.

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