Pronunciation: (kav'ul), [key]
—v., -iled, -il•ing or (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling,
to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually fol. by at or about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
1. a trivial and annoying objection.
2. the raising of such objections.
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