• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Captiousness Captious disposition or manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n captiousness The quality of being captious: disposition to find fault; inclination to object; peevishness.
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In literature:

I must not be so captious.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Tertullian was fanciful, and Augustine captious.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
To the new generation that had come on he appeared only as the captious and censorious critic of his country.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
We find him comparing Bible concordances, a captious judge of sermons, deep in Descartes and Aristotle.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
She became sick, captious, and querulous.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
You must not be too captious, dear, and remember that I go Thursday night.
"An American Suffragette" by Isaac N. Stevens
They are captious, fond of litigation, and constantly seeking subterfuges.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
When Olivia had been impatient and captious, Marcus had only laughed and coaxed her into good humour again.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
They are so plainly just and reasonable that the most captious servant cannot take exception to them as a matter of principle.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864" by Various
Surely there is little wisdom and much captiousness in this feeling.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

In news:

Chicago is young, clumsy, foolish, its architectural sins are unstable, captious and fleeting — Louis Sullivan.