- 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
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1. disturbing, provoking, irritating.
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Examples from the Web for vexatious
In vexatious Latin America, they knew that a blue chip ego was an asset.The Rise And Fall Of Brazilian Billionaire Eike Batista
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At last the vexatious work was finished, and he was free again.The Spenders
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I was still wrestling with this vexatious question when I came to my mother's house.In the Valley
It is too long to write—and too vexatious” (this word was half erased), “troublesome.The First Violin
It's vexatious, when one has the wherewithal to pay for wetting his whistle!The Downfall
To Wellington this was perhaps the most vexatious of all things in that vexatious time.The Snare
- 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 defendantvexatious litigation
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Word Origin and History for vexatious
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