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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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
The fissiparous and centrifugal forces unleashed by this development obscured our national narrative.
Pakistan is a proud nuclear power, bestowed with both natural and human resources, has a strategic location, can become a hub of regional and global trade and connectivity and join the ranks of developed and prosperous states provided we shun fissiparous tendencies and all stakeholders make conscientious and concerted efforts to promote internal unity and harmony that is also a firm guarantee against any blackmail by foreign countries.
Nadhra Khan traced how the colonel narrative using faith, ethnicity, class and caste accelerated the fissiparous tendencies among different communities.
Pakistan has not much to gain by abetting terrorist activity in Afghanistan for the simple reason that it can ill afford imminent retaliation as it is already grappling with indigenous fissiparous forces.
Citing fissiparous tendencies and in response to a call for revolution, Gandhi instituted a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 where basic civil liberties were suspended and press was censored.
It is unfortunate that even 70 years after attaining Independence, various fissiparous tendencies are raising their ugly heads and attempts are being made to threaten the unity and integrity of the country.
Rusher was for many years the director of political operations not only for the magazine itself but for its fissiparous offshoots that provided both structure and filigree to the conservative movement.
The minister observed that the emergence of fissiparous tendencies in the society and the narratives of religious extremism and terrorism over the last 35 years were undoubtedly the disastrous consequences of the absence of a powerful medium like films to help in the development of a credible and effective counter-narrative.
They should come out with declarations, statements, and peaceful demonstrations to tell the nation and the national leaders that enough is enough; that, we shall not let this nation be hijacked by fissiparous elements and divisive tendencies.
This small West Africa coastal state, once among the most economically well-off country in the region, is only now--arguably--emerging from the conflict surrounding the 2010 elections, which were meant to seal the transition from the ancient regime and heal an otherwise fissiparous society.
Artificial borders will crumble and become more fissiparous, leaving only rivers, deserts, mountains, and other enduring facts of geography.