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Cavilling Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cavilling See cavil
Cavilling Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cavil n : an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections [syn: quibble, quiddity] v : raise trivial objections [syn: carp, chicane] [also: cavilling, cavilled]
Cavilling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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