Definition of fractious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrakʃəs/


1(Typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome: they fight and squabble like fractious children
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  • And I'm usually alright in the morning but by about lunchtime in the afternoon I tend to get very irritable and fractious and I'm not quite sure why.
  • Suffice to say, I would not recommend this level of preparation when travelling with a fractious three-year-old and a grumpy husband.
  • He was getting fractious and crabby while I was getting panicky because I knew there was something else and I couldn't remember what it was.
1.1(Of a group or organization) difficult to control; unruly: King Malcolm struggled to unite his fractious kingdom
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  • For 110 years, it has remained a fractious but unitary organization.
  • He was chosen for his ability to unite the fractious coalition and for his ability to connect to people.
  • A system without it could lead to division and multiple parties - and imagine the fractious problem of coalition governments.



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  • ‘You should know that if you were at a convent school,’ he says, a bit fractiously.
  • For all of the rhetoric about teamwork in the health professions, most work is fractiously divided.
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈfrakʃəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • All the fractiousness isn't surprising really.
  • Day-to-day resilience is as necessary in New York as a wet suit in ice water, in part to deal with fractiousness of the city's own creation.
  • For all of our fractiousness and various feints left, right and center, we are the grown up party.


Late 17th century: from fraction, probably on the pattern of the pair faction, factious.

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