vex·​a·​tious | \ vek-ˈsā-shəs How to pronounce vexatious (audio) \

Definition of vexatious

1a : causing vexation : distressing vexatious delays
b : intended to harass a vexatious lawsuit
2 : full of disorder or stress : troubled a vexatious period in her life

Other Words from vexatious

vexatiously adverb
vexatiousness noun

Examples of vexatious in a Sentence

those vexatious phone calls from telemarketers during the dinner hour
Recent Examples on the Web There was also a vexatious media that was dominated by critical columnists like the cerebral Walter Lippmann and the gossip-friendly Drew Pearson. Frank Gannon, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 Where commuters might see vexatious gridlock, of course, Massell sees glorious progress. Jennifer Brett, ajc, 5 Mar. 2020 Democracies must also provide more protection for journalists and researchers working to uncover Russian corruption within our societies, especially by ending oligarchs’ prolific use of vexatious lawsuits to deter and impoverish opponents. Nate Sibley, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 One legislator wonders if news organizations could be labeled ‘vexatious’ for its GRAMA requests. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years! Paula Reid, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Madeira law director Brian Fox said the city is deciding whether to appeal the vexatious litigator ruling. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 24 Sep. 2021 There are a host of provisions within American law designed to prevent precisely this sort of vexatious litigation, and yet almost none of them seemed to have fired properly in this case. The Editors, National Review, 19 Mar. 2021 Frontiers have long been a vexatious subject around here. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of vexatious

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Mar 2022

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“Vexatious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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vex·​a·​tious | \ vek-ˈsā-shəs How to pronounce vexatious (audio) \

Legal Definition of vexatious

: lacking a sufficient ground and serving only to annoy or harass when viewed objectively disciplined the attorney for engaging in vexatious litigation


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