Meaning of captious


Pronunciation: (kap'shus), [key]
— adj.
  1. apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please.
  2. proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition: He could never praise without adding a captious remark.
  3. apt or designed to ensnare or perplex, esp. in argument: captious questions.
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