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.

Nearby words

  1. vetluga,
  2. veto,
  3. vetter,
  4. vex,
  5. vexation,
  6. vexatiously,
  7. vexed,
  8. vexedly,
  9. vexil,
  10. vexilla

Origin of vexatious

First recorded in 1525–35; vexati(on) + -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 defendantvexatious litigation
Derived Formsvexatiously, adverbvexatiousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for vexatious



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

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