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[vek-sey-shuh s] /vɛkˈseɪ ʃəs/
causing vexation; troublesome; annoying:
a vexatious situation.
Law. (of legal actions) instituted without sufficient grounds and serving only to cause annoyance to the defendant.
disorderly; confused; troubled.
Origin of vexatious
1525-35; vexati(on) + -ous
Related forms
vexatiously, adverb
vexatiousness, noun
nonvexatious, adjective
nonvexatiously, adverb
nonvexatiousness, noun
unvexatious, adjective
unvexatiously, adverb
unvexatiousness, noun
1. disturbing, provoking, irritating.
1. delightful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vexatious
  • After years of toil, disappointment and vexatious delays, this invention has been fully matured in all its details.
  • Nor, thanks to the political parties themselves, is it always easy to tell whether an allegation is vexatious or not.
  • The job is as severe and vexatious as humanity can possibly endure and gets more so every year.
  • Air travel has become more vexatious as security checks grow more frequent and rigorous.
  • Maybe they should try sending photo-copies or unofficial copies of the birth certificate to these vexatious members of the public.
  • No enemy is so despicable but he may do one a vexatious turn.
  • Thus indeed, when the case was in the best position, it came through his vexatious tyranny into a much worse one.
  • Moreover, there is a vexatious probability that important facts remain unknown.
  • The complaint alleged breach of the insurance contract, and vexatious refusal to pay.
  • Appellant further agreed to be determined a vexatious litigator.
British Dictionary definitions for vexatious


vexing or tending to vex
(law) (of a legal action or proceeding) instituted without sufficient grounds, esp so as to cause annoyance or embarrassment to the defendant: vexatious litigation
Derived Forms
vexatiously, adverb
vexatiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vexatious

1530s; see vexation + -ous. Related: Vexatiously; vexatiousness.

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