Definition of factional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfakSH(ə)n(ə)l/


1Relating or belonging to a faction: factional leaders
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  • Far more threatening to the dominant factions, however, is the prospect that younger parliamentarians will ignore their factional leaders.
  • After meeting with various factional leaders, he claimed that he had made proposals to overcome the stalemate.
  • Three new national vice-presidencies were simply added to make room for factional leaders who faced being squeezed out of the party's governing body.
1.1Characterized by dissent: factional conflicts
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  • The issue for many of us is going to be whether or not we can win the peace, and that is, keep this country together without having factional, tribal conflicts.
  • The intervention therefore sharpened factional conflict by increasing the rewards anticipated from controlling the state.
  • By 2000, following his retirement from electoral politics, the party was beset by factional conflict and lost still more support.



Pronunciation: /ˈfakSH(ə)nəˌlizəm/
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  • Ilchev said referendums were inappropriate to the country's political environment, characterised as it is by rivalries and factionalism.
  • But once they succeed, they really will lack any basis for a continued alliance, and factionalism will reemerge.
  • Life seldom imitates art, and the struggle to achieve votes for women was as fraught with internal factionalism and personal rivalries as any other political movement.


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  • ‘It is going to be played out factionally when it shouldn't be,’ Robertson warned.
  • I don't think anybody that is associated with the Labor Council today under my leadership would believe that it runs factionally.
  • The debate is usually factionally driven and therefore nothing ever happens.

Words that rhyme with factional

fractional, redactional, transactional
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