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[fak-shuh-nl] /ˈfæk ʃə nl/
of a faction or factions.
self-interested; partisan:
Factional interests had obstructed justice.
Origin of factional
1640-50; faction1 + -al1
Related forms
factionalism, noun
factionalist, noun
interfactional, adjective
unfactional, adjective
Can be confused
factional, factious, fractious. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • factional fighting between the government and its opponents remains a drag on economic revitalization.
  • But whatever may have been unrealistic or factional about these efforts, even more of what the project created was impressive.
  • Politics can be fiercely factional or cosily nepotistic.
  • The central government has little control and, outside the capital, factional fighting has worsened.
  • Nationally, his party is weakened by factional splits.
  • Nevertheless, anxious to avert a factional confrontation, he has appealed to people to vote.
  • His long experience as chief cabinet secretary suggests he may be accomplished at handling inter-factional politics.
  • The outcome is more likely to be determined by factional squabbling.
  • There are also signs of factional fighting among the rebels themselves.
  • The country's politicians of all parties must put their factional quarrels to one side and, for once, rally round.
Word Origin and History for factional

1640s, from faction + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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