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[ vek-sey-shuhs ]


  1. a vexatious situation.

    Synonyms: irksome, bothersome, irritating, provoking

    Antonyms: delightful

  2. Law. (of legal actions) instituted without sufficient grounds and serving only to cause annoyance to the defendant.
  3. full of unease or turmoil; troubled.


/ vɛkˈseɪʃəs /


  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

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Derived Forms

  • vexˈatiousness, noun
  • vexˈatiously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • vex·atious·ly adverb
  • vex·atious·ness noun
  • nonvex·atious adjective
  • nonvex·atious·ly adverb
  • nonvex·atious·ness noun
  • unvex·atious adjective
  • unvex·atious·ly adverb
  • unvex·atious·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of vexatious1

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

Ressa continues to face a slew of tax evasion and other suits that she says are vexatious.

From Time

In vexatious Latin America, they knew that a blue chip ego was an asset.

Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes, manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?

This detention was very vexatious, for we were not only losing a fair wind, but lying in a very exposed situation.

I am sure it will not survive half a dozen performances, which is mortally vexatious.

The happy future, when flowers shall bloom around you, supersedes in your thoughts the vexatious present or the mournful past.

At last I have had a letter from Deyverdun, wretched excuses, nothing done, vexatious enough.