Etymology
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fractious (adj.)

"apt to quarrel," 1725, from fraction in an obsolete sense of "a brawling, discord" (c. 1500) + -ous; probably on model of captious. Related: Fractiously; fractiousness.

updated on January 04, 2015

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Definitions of fractious from WordNet

fractious (adj.)
stubbornly resistant to authority or control;
a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
fractious (adj.)
unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome;
rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas
fractious components of a communication system
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.