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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cav·il v. i. [imp. & p. p. CaviledCavilled p. pr. & vb. n. CavilingCavilling.]  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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cav·il·ing, a. Disposed to cavil; finding fault without good reason. See Captious.
    His depreciatory and caviling criticism.   --Lewis.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : quibbling over insignificant details; "caviling pettifoggers
            and quiggling pleaders"-Edmund Burke; "her nagging and
            carping attack"; "thought her editor unnecessarily
            nitpicking"; "a pettifogging lawyer's mind"; "had no
            patience with quibbling critics" [syn: carping, nitpicking,
             pettifogging, quibbling]