vexatious

adjective vex·a·tious \ vek-ˈsā-shəs \
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

Definition of vexatious

1 a : 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

vexatiously

adverb

vexatiousness

noun

Examples of vexatious in a Sentence

  1. those vexatious phone calls from telemarketers during the dinner hour

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First Known Use of vexatious

1534

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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vexatious

adjective vex·a·tious \ vek-ˈsā-shəs \

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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