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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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Pakistan on the other hand is much smaller and hence vulnerable to fissiparousness if sub-nationalism becomes entrenched.
Saleem describes the community as free from sectarian religious strife, but still enmeshed in India's "ancient gift for fissiparousness.
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.