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factional

[fak-shuh-nl]
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  1. of a faction or factions.
  2. self-interested; partisan: Factional interests had obstructed justice.

Origin of factional

First recorded in 1640–50; faction1 + -al1
Related formsfac·tion·al·ism, nounfac·tion·al·ist, nounin·ter·fac·tion·al, adjectiveun·fac·tion·al, adjective
Can be confusedfactional factious fractious
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Word Origin and History for factional

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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