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vexatious

[vek-sey-shuh s] /vɛkˈseɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
causing vexation; troublesome; annoying:
a vexatious situation.
2.
Law. (of legal actions) instituted without sufficient grounds and serving only to cause annoyance to the defendant.
3.
disorderly; confused; troubled.
Origin of vexatious
1525-1535
1525-35; vexati(on) + -ous
Related forms
vexatiously, adverb
vexatiousness, noun
nonvexatious, adjective
nonvexatiously, adverb
nonvexatiousness, noun
unvexatious, adjective
unvexatiously, adverb
unvexatiousness, noun
Synonyms
1. disturbing, provoking, irritating.
Antonyms
1. delightful.
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vexatious

/vɛkˈseɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
vexing or tending to vex
2.
vexed
3.
(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
adj.

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

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