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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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The fissiparousness of the Lausanne movement as revealed in critiques of Lausanne II was a manifestation not only of long-unresolved conflicts but also of a rapidly changing world situation and emerging ways in which the evangelistic task was being understood quite apart from those identified by Escobar.
It is as vehicles to restrict the rancor and fissiparousness of the fourth and fifth centuries that these two texts were conceived--they or something like them were needed to solve the divisiveness of intra-Muslim polemic and bring together at least some of the hyper-Sunni Hanbalis, the Shafi'is, the hadith-suspicious Hanafis, and those inclined to even more speculative theological approaches to Islam.
Finally, the main significance of the recent war in Iraq in this context is the fact that it long formed a crucial part of a project to counteract the kind of fissiparousness associated with globalization by militarily ratcheting up the United States into a hegemonic empire.