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1. Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
2. Having a peevish nature; cranky.

[From fraction, discord (obsolete).]

frac′tious·ly adv.
frac′tious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fractiousness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of disciplinefractiousness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
contrariness, perverseness, perversity - deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
wildness - an unruly disposition to do as one pleases; "Liza had always had a tendency to wildness"; "the element of wildness in his behavior was a protest against repressive convention"




nVerdrießlichkeit f; (of child)Aufsässigkeit f
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Again he strove for playfulness of speech, but it was too great a moment for even love fractiousness to enter in.
sobbed Maud, evidently laboring under the delusion that fractiousness was some interesting malady.
Two seasons at Inter Milan were enough to persuade Real Madrid's board to take the plunge and recruit Mourinho and, despite his fractiousness from the start, two campaigns of relative success followed.
There seems little reason for such fractiousness in a country that prides itself on its ethnic and linguistic homogeneity -- indeed, that emerged from a political struggle to establish the democratic rights of the people of East Pakistan within Pakistan.
It is perhaps inevitable that, as literary values have shifted from artistic unity, the dominant measure of success for the New Criticism of the 1940s and 1950s, to the multivocality of our postmodern age, and as historical research has revealed the extent of the political and religious fractiousness of the British isles during the sixteenth century, assessments of the 1577 and 1587 editions of Holinshed would shift as well.
Pakistan's ability to drive structural reforms, despite resurgent political fractiousness, would be a key factor supporting its credit profile.
Aamera Jiwaji looks at the increasing fractiousness within Kenya's construction industry.
No doubt Asia, reflecting its rivalries and fractiousness will likely garner more of the world's attention in the decades ahead--just as Europe was the center of the world's focus during the twentieth century.
It seems likely that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood will be an important player in post-Assad Syria, but it is not clear whether its organizational strength will make it a leading force, given Syria's fractiousness.
There's an increasing fractiousness, with the two families feeling they are entitled to the Mandela name.
He represents a courtier's lifestyle, sharply different from the warriors of the epic opening, even as his betrayal of the pentangle's ethical code and his willful alienation from his aunt's hostile community at Hautdesert (Tolkien, Gordon, & Davis 1967, 2471) reveal the ongoing British legacy of 'Trojan fractiousness and treason.