[ UK /fɹˈækʃəs/ ]
[ US /ˈfɹækʃəs/ ]
  1. easily irritated or annoyed
    not the least nettlesome of his countrymen
    an incorrigibly fractious young man
  2. unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome
    fractious components of a communication system
    rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas
  3. stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
    a refractory child
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How To Use fractious In A Sentence

  • Interestingly, for all Rauch's fractious subject matter, his painterly touch isn't turbulent at all, but instead measured, calm and neat.
  • Stripped naked of additives and processes, save a pinch of stabilising sulphur dioxide for all but the purists, the finished product is surprising and fractious. Times, Sunday Times
  • The six fractious republics are demanding autonomy.
  • It will be interesting to see how long this fractious mood lasts. Times, Sunday Times
  • An already fractious situation then takes a turn for the worse when they hear a rapping at the door. Times, Sunday Times
  • The council had promised a review of the rating system and had put the idea out for consultation, but when it came to the vote, it fractiously split down the middle.
  • The fractious Monday followed a rough-and-tumble weekend, as the two sparred over an Obama leaflet accusing Clinton of saying the North American Free Trade Agreement was a boon to the economy. CNN Transcript Feb 25, 2008
  • A system without it could lead to division and multiple parties - and imagine the fractious problem of coalition governments.
  • This will be a fractious and unstable government, riven by internal factional struggles and backbench rebellions.
  • It is a patchwork of Clan, tribal loyalties, religious zealotry, appallingly poor, indemicly corrupt politician, power mad factionally torn military and a corporate sector which is (not surprisingy greedy and in for their chop) all of which are in varing degrees fractiousness and discontentedness. Pakistan "Emergency" Ban of Constitution, Independent Media-- A Media Emergency In USA Too
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