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1. Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults: a captious scholar.
2. Intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument: a captious question.

[Middle English capcious, from Old French captieux, from Latin captiōsus, from captiō, seizure, sophism, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

cap′tious·ly adv.
cap′tious·ness n.
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"Yes-- and I suppose you want to know why," she replied with dry captiousness. "You are aware, are you not, that the General is mortgaged to the Marquis, with all his property?
that He may save the one by the captiousness of the other, these by those and those by these." (113)
(Well-fashionedness, being more superficial, can "be learned chiefly from observation and the carriage of those who are allowed to be exactly well-bred" [[section]143, 107].) For didactic purposes, Locke identifies the four components of incivility: roughness, "contempt or want of due respect discovered either in looks, words, or gesture," censoriousness, captiousness ([section] 143, 107-09).