Definition of captious in English:


Line breaks: cap|tious
Pronunciation: /ˈkapʃəs





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  • We have no right to reject their instruction and captiously insist that nothing but positive command shall bind us.
  • Indeed now I come to think of it I believe I have twice reviewed other books of yours rather captiously.
  • And I captiously reflect how much better it must have sounded when it echoed to strains of music, instead of to the inanities of a young woman with a shrill voice and an uneducated intonation.


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  • Finally, mention should be made of the author's logical arguments, and his clear and interesting style: satisfying the highest professional demands, this book contains no dry scholarly captiousness.
  • Then was seen the unprecedented sight of a party agent challenging the votes on his own side with a captiousness that his opponents would have hesitated to display.
  • By way of a protest against the captiousness to which their agents were subjected, the Polish authorities on August 2 prohibited the importation of this firm's products into Polish territory.


late Middle English (also in the sense 'intended to deceive someone'): from Old French captieux or Latin captiosus, from captio(n-) 'seizing', (figuratively) 'deceiving' (see caption).

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