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Meaning of cavil

cav•il

Pronunciation: (kav'ul), [key]
— v., n. -iled, -il•ing -illed, -il•ling,
—v.i.
  1. to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually fol. by at or about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
—v.t.
  1. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
—n.
  1. a trivial and annoying objection.
  2. the raising of such objections.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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