AskDefine | Define fractiousness

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fractiousness n : the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline [syn: unruliness, willfulness, wilfulness]

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Noun

  1. The quality of being fractious; trouble-making; unruliness
    "His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed."--F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1
  2. A peevish or cranky nature

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