vexatious

[vek-sey-shuhs]
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:
1525–35; vexati(on) + -ous

vexatiously, adverb
vexatiousness, noun
nonvexatious, adjective
nonvexatiously, adverb
nonvexatiousness, noun
unvexatious, adjective
unvexatiously, adverb
unvexatiousness, noun


1. disturbing, provoking, irritating.


1. delightful.
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vexatious (vɛkˈseɪʃəs)
 
adj
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
 
vex'atiously
 
adv
 
vex'atiousness
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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