Cav·il v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caviled ∨ Cavilled p. pr. & vb. n. Caviling ∨ Cavilling.] 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.
n : an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant
distinctions or objections [syn: quibble, quiddity]
v : raise trivial objections [syn: carp, chicane]
[also: cavilling, cavilled]