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Meaning of FRACTIOUS

Pronunciation:  'frakshus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome; "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thigkly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"
  2. [adj]  easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
  3. [adj]  stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"

FRACTIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: cranky, difficult, disobedient, hard, ill-natured, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, pettish, petulant, refractory, techy, testy, tetchy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Frac"tious\, a. [Cf. Prov. E. frack forward, eager,
E. freak, fridge; or Prov. E. fratch to squabble, quarrel.]
Apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross;
snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious

Syn: Snappish; peevish; waspish; cross; irritable; perverse;
     pettish. -- {Frac"tious*ly}, v. -- {Frac"tious*ness}, n.

Thesaurus Terms
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