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

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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 His idea of corporate good governance left no place for vexatious Quakers: Friends in New Amsterdam were liable to expulsion, imprisonment, and whipping. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty: A Manual for Patriots," 7 Nov. 2019 Rail startups also accuse various national champions of hogging the best rail slots, of engaging in predatory pricing and of pursuing vexatious litigation against them to push them out of the market. The Economist, "European state rail firms face scrappy new competitors," 28 June 2018 However, Shivers has been known to the state of California as a vexatious litigant since 2008. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "'NCIS' actress Pauley Perrette threatens the media: 'I will have you arrested'," 29 May 2018 However, one of our most common and vexatious emotional triggers is interruptions, and technology is a primary culprit in this regard. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Turn interruptions into respites, not outrage," 5 Jan. 2018 To Saudi Arabia and the Emirates — and Bahrain and Egypt, who have joined them in the boycott — Qatar is a nation of vexatious meddlers, intoxicated by its own wealth, that needs to be cut down to size. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018 The Republican tax bill passed by the House would eliminate this vexatious tax, as would the original draft of the Senate version. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Under Senate bill, some households would escape Alternative Minimum Tax," 9 Dec. 2017 However, since ancient times, people have struggled mightily with the vexatious question of how to dispose of all the garbage generated by humans. Teresa Keegan, The Denver Post, "On trash collection and the Pledge of Allegiance," 11 Mar. 2017 The potential roles that his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, may play in the administration are particularly vexatious. Eric Lipton And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Denying Conflict, Trump Family Tries to Resolve Potential Problems," 24 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of vexatious

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Vexatious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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