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CAVIL. Sophism, subtlety. Cavilis a captious argument, by which a conclusion evidently false, is drawn from a principle evidently true: Ea est natura cavillationis ut ab evidenter veris, per brevissimas mutationes disputatio, ad ea quce evidentur falsa sunt perducatur. Dig. 60, 16, 177 et 233; Id. 17, 65; Id. 33, 2, 88.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If he loses, no cavilling about a long year, bad luck, that kind of thing.
These tiny flaws are not highlighted in a cavilling spirit but in the hope that corrections may be made to subsequent impressions of an edition that will certainly have no rivals for many years to come.