ii Cecil is a new purely object-oriented language intended to support rapid construction of highquality, extensible software. Cecil combines multi-methods with a classless object model, objectbased encapsulation, and optional static type checking. Cecil's static type system distinguishes between subtyping and code inheritance, but Cecil enables these two graphs to be described with a single set of declarations, optimizing the common case where the two graphs are parallel. Cecil includes a fairly flexible form of parameterization, including both explicitly parameterized objects, types, and methods and implicitly parameterized methods related to the polymorphic functions commonly found in functional languages. By making type declarations optional, Cecil aims to support mixed exploratory and production programming styles. This document describes the design of the Cecil language as of March, 1993. It mixes the specification of the language with discussions of design issues and explanations of the reasoning that led to various design decisions.