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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.
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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.
In the past 18 months, I've had many debates with friends about whether the fractiousness and hyperbole about identity that has long been endemic to academia and the activist left would intrude into the wider world.
It is our people expressing solidarity, a subterranean character submerged by the louder and more visible fractiousness of the powerful among us.
The tranquillity of the Maldives' tourist resorts, popular with British honeymooners, arms dealers and celebrity footballers alike, is matched only by the fractiousness of its domestic politics.
The scene is well chosen for it illustrates both the fractiousness of the colonies and Washington's ability to calm and inspire democracy (an explicit theme in other gallery displays), all as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old.
While the two counties continued to meet in numerous pivotal games over the intervening decades, it's only in recent years that they've been paired as frequently in the Championship, albeit without the same fractiousness.
We have suffered for their mistakes as well as our own, but we know their value as ancestors, and I mean in the Morrisonian sense of ancestors whose fractiousness and cruelty were mixed in with their tenacity and vision for us, their desire that we thrive and keep the faith.
Lest this sounds like idealisation, I am also able to acknowledge that the corridors and hall at LifeLine are as filled with politics, fractiousness and poor communication as anywhere else.
We will never know but I suspect it would not have lasted long given human nature with all its talent for fractiousness.
We have been present at the noisy birth of a new "high-energy" democracy, crackling with unpredictability, which at times will mean more fractiousness but also contains within it the seeds of new possibilities.
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.