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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cavil  \Cav"il\  (k[a^]v"[i^]l),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Caviled}  or 
  {Cavilled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Caviling}  or  {Cavilling}.]  [L. 
  cavillari  to  practice  jesting,  to  censure,  fr  cavilla 
  bantering  jests,  sophistry:  cf  OF  caviller.] 
  To  raise  captious  and  frivolous  objections;  to  find  fault 
  without  good  reason. 
 
  You  do  not  well  in  obstinacy  To  cavil  in  the  course  of 
  this  contract.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caviling  \Cav"il*ing\,  a. 
  Disposed  to  cavil;  finding  fault  without  good  reason.  See 
  {Captious}. 
 
  His  depreciatory  and  caviling  criticism.  --Lewis. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caviling 
  adj  :  quibbling  over  insignificant  details;  "caviling  pettifoggers 
  and  quiggling  pleaders"-Edmund  Burke;  "her  nagging  and 
  carping  attack";  "thought  her  editor  unnecessarily 
  nitpicking";  "a  pettifogging  lawyer's  mind";  "had  no 
  patience  with  quibbling  critics"  [syn:  {carping},  {nitpicking}, 
  {pettifogging},  {quibbling}] 




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