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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

 cavilling
      See cavil

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 cavil
      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]