vexatious

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a 1650 vexation +‎ -ous

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vexatious (comparative more vexatious, superlative most vexatious)

  1. Causing vexation or annoyance; teasing; troublesome.
  2. (archaic) Full of trouble or disquiet
    Synonyms: harassed, distressed, annoyed, vexed
    • Sir K. Digby
      He leads a vexatious life.
  3. (law, of an action) Commenced for the purpose of giving trouble, without due cause.
    a vexatious lawsuit
  4. (law, of a party or entity) In the habit of starting vexatious litigation and therefore liable to have restraints placed on one's ability to access the courts.
    a vexatious litigant

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