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Related to fractiously: pettishness


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

[From fraction, discord (obsolete).]

frac′tious·ly adv.
frac′tious·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.fractiously - in a peevish manner
2.fractiously - in a fractious manner; "the horse was behaving fractiously and refused to jump"
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