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ˈfræk ʃəsfrac·tious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fractious, refractory, recalcitrantadjective

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control

    "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"

  2. cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techyadjective

    easily irritated or annoyed

    "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"

  3. fractiousadjective

    unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome

    "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"


  1. fractiousadjective

    given to troublemaking

  2. fractiousadjective

    irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome

  3. Etymology: From fraction("discord", now obsolete) + -ous


  1. fractious

    Fractious generally refers to someone or something that is irritable, unruly, or readily angered. It can describe individuals who are easily upset or annoyed and impatient or fractious groups that are hard to keep together because of disagreements or conflicts. It's also often used to describe unmanageable or rebellious behaviors. In terms of a situation, it may describe a context that is complex, controversial, or causes conflict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fractiousadjective

    apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross; snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious horse

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fractious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fractious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fractious in a Sentence

  1. Matt Smith:

    Dissent in the ranks highlights how fractious relations are within the group, uAE is looking after its own interests, rather than toeing the line of core OPEC.

  2. Tim Reihm:

    I think there's been a tendency in the party to drift a little too far left and I think that's going to disenfranchise a large section of the country, joe represents a sort of a more middle ground where we can bring people together instead of becoming more and more fractious.

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    difficult to describe
    • A. elusive
    • B. tacky
    • C. articulate
    • D. extroversive

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