having to do with, or depending on, circumstances
not of primary importance; incidental
full or complete in detail
full of pomp or display; ceremonial
v. cav·iled, cav·il·ing, cav·ils also cav·illed or cav·il·ling
or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. See Synonyms
To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
A carping or trivial objection.
[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillārī, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.]
1. done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
2. operating by stealth
3. characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
[C15: from Latin surreptīcius furtive, from surripere to steal, from sub- secretly + rapere to snatch]
(tr) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole
[C16: from Latin conflāre to blow together, from flāre to blow]