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cav·il

 (kăv′əl)
v. cav·iled, cav·il·ing, cav·ils also cav·illed or cav·il·ling
v.intr.
To argue or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. See Synonyms at quibble.
v.tr.
To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
n.
A carping or trivial objection.

[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillārī, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.]

cav′il·er n.

cavil

(ˈkævɪl)
vb, -ils, -illing or -illed, -ils, -iling or -iled
(intr; foll by at or about) to raise annoying petty objections; quibble; carp
n
a captious trifling objection
[C16: from Old French caviller, from Latin cavillārī to jeer, from cavilla raillery]
ˈcaviller, ˈcaviler n
ˈcavilling adj

cav•il

(ˈkæv əl)

v. -iled, -il•ing (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling, v.i.
1. to raise trivial and unnecessary objections (usu. fol. by at or about).
v.t.
2. to oppose by trivial or frivolous objections.
n.
3. a trivial and annoying objection.
4. the raising of such objections.
[1540–50; < Latin cavillārī to scoff, quibble]
cav′il•er; esp. Brit., cav′il•ler, n.
cav′il•ing•ly; esp. Brit., cav′il•ling•ly, adv.

cavil


Past participle: cavilled
Gerund: cavilling

Imperative
cavil
cavil
Present
I cavil
you cavil
he/she/it cavils
we cavil
you cavil
they cavil
Preterite
I cavilled
you cavilled
he/she/it cavilled
we cavilled
you cavilled
they cavilled
Present Continuous
I am cavilling
you are cavilling
he/she/it is cavilling
we are cavilling
you are cavilling
they are cavilling
Present Perfect
I have cavilled
you have cavilled
he/she/it has cavilled
we have cavilled
you have cavilled
they have cavilled
Past Continuous
I was cavilling
you were cavilling
he/she/it was cavilling
we were cavilling
you were cavilling
they were cavilling
Past Perfect
I had cavilled
you had cavilled
he/she/it had cavilled
we had cavilled
you had cavilled
they had cavilled
Future
I will cavil
you will cavil
he/she/it will cavil
we will cavil
you will cavil
they will cavil
Future Perfect
I will have cavilled
you will have cavilled
he/she/it will have cavilled
we will have cavilled
you will have cavilled
they will have cavilled
Future Continuous
I will be cavilling
you will be cavilling
he/she/it will be cavilling
we will be cavilling
you will be cavilling
they will be cavilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cavilling
you have been cavilling
he/she/it has been cavilling
we have been cavilling
you have been cavilling
they have been cavilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cavilling
you will have been cavilling
he/she/it will have been cavilling
we will have been cavilling
you will have been cavilling
they will have been cavilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cavilling
you had been cavilling
he/she/it had been cavilling
we had been cavilling
you had been cavilling
they had been cavilling
Conditional
I would cavil
you would cavil
he/she/it would cavil
we would cavil
you would cavil
they would cavil
Past Conditional
I would have cavilled
you would have cavilled
he/she/it would have cavilled
we would have cavilled
you would have cavilled
they would have cavilled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cavil - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
Verb1.cavil - raise trivial objections
object - express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent; "She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with"; "When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"

cavil

verb find fault, object, complain, beef (slang), carp, quibble, kvetch (U.S. slang) This is not the time to cavil about petty details.

cavil

verb
To raise unnecessary or trivial objections:
Translations

cavil

[ˈkævɪl] (cavilled (caviled)) (US) (pt) (pp)
A. Nreparo m
B. VIponer peros or reparos (at a)

cavil

vikritteln; to cavil at somethingan etw (dat)herumkritteln

cavil

[ˈkævɪl] vi (cavilled, Am caviled (pt, pp)) to cavil (at)cavillare (su)
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