[ vek-sey-shuhs ]
/ vɛkˈseɪ ʃəs /


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

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


/ (vɛkˈseɪʃəs) /


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 Forms

vexatiously, adverbvexatiousness, noun
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