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1. Reproducing by biological fission.
2. Tending to break up into parts or break away from a main body; factious.

fis·sip′a·rous·ly adv.


1. (Biology) biology reproducing by fission
2. having a tendency to divide into groups or factions
fisˈsiparously adv
fisˈsiparousness n


(fɪˈsɪp ər əs)

1. reproducing by fission.
2. tending to split into factions.
fis•sip′a•rous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fissiparous - reproducing by fission
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
asexual, nonsexual - not having or involving sex; "an asexual spore"; "asexual reproduction"
2.fissiparous - having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude; "a breakaway faction"
independent - free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"
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As he spoke the blade plucked itself out of the crack it had made and came down again with a more ponderous slash, splitting the fissiparous fence to the bottom with a rending noise.
Purslow supplied cheap and compact, if notoriously fissiparous, volumes of material which aspiring performers gobbled up--even the hallowed traditional singer Walter Pardon wasn't above stealing a song, it seems.
Spokesman for the Punjab government Zaeem Hussain Qadri said: The NAP envisaged to purge Pakistan from fissiparous forces engaged in weakening roots of the state has yielded desired results.
Punjab government spokesman Zaeem Hussain Qadri said the NAP envisaged to purge Pakistan from fissiparous forces engaged in weakening roots of the state has yielded desired results.
Every member of the society has to play his role to uproot the terrorism and discourage all those who fan fissiparous tendencies.
Setting up a bookstore in which SWP literature and other left material could be sold and distributed, Tate and his partner, Jess MacKenzie, struggled to bring the fissiparous forces of British Trotskyism together.
The victorious Mujahideen, always a fissiparous group, despite US and Saudi Arabian military aid, were eventually dominated by the Taliban who imposed a peace that lasted until the massive bombing launched by President George W Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.
War, they believed, would cement loyalty to the Emperor and weaken fissiparous tendencies.
Despite these problems, and the fact that so much of the story told in this book is already well-known from existing scholarship Grant's study does contain some very useful detail regarding the fissiparous world of Irish socialist republicanism.
FISSIPAROUS Theatre Company return to Theatr Clwyd with a new production of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
It was a Liberal way of understanding Canada, a Liberal way of governing Canada, and it was, Hutchison thought, the best was of keeping a fissiparous, far-flung country together.
During the Second World War, fissiparous nationalist sentiments reemerged but were again subsumed following final Russian victory.