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

1. reproducing by fission.
2. tending to split into factions.
fis•sip′a•rous•ness, n.
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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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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.
Internally, it is likely to aggravate social tensions among the followers of different religions and cultures, thus, encouraging fissiparous tendencies in the country.
"If we remain conscious and committed to these ideals, we will be able to rise above fissiparous tendencies raising their ugly heads now and then, here and there," the petition read.
Fissiparous pressures are mounting on our political system, fuelled by the embers of bitterness and state impunity.
On the other hand, he asserted that Kenya's global foreign policy was radical because this stance helped the country to create national consciousness, which was necessary to cement Kenya's fissiparous ethnicities through aggressive pan-Africanism.
At the same time he was considering how to write "about this sprawling, diverse -- I almost said fissiparous -- society.
'...When the source of such remarks is the highest court in the land, it can promote fissiparous tendencies and has the capacity to destroy the ability of the armed forces to act as a cohesive fighting force,' the review petition argues.
However, lest we think that identifying the appropriate policies is all we have to do, the point of this commentary is to suggest that governments will also have to find ways of mobilizing consent for them within fissiparous electoral arenas whose cleavage structures do not readily lend themselves to effective social compromises.
More to the point, would it be allowed to survive by an India always apprehensive of fissiparous tendencies.
For this purpose, both need to ban the fissiparous forces persuading both or any of them.
The result is that this conlang is peculiarly self-defeating: so fissiparous and heterogeneous it can no longer fulfil its basic communicative function--"It is said that the Black Speech was devised by Sauron in the Dark Years and that he had desired to make it the language of all those that served him, but he failed in that purpose" (Tolkien 1966: 1105).
But invoking the Sindh card by a cornered PPP can be problematic for the federation already grappling with fissiparous tendencies in the smaller provinces.