- (typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome.
That is no way to govern, especially when he heads a fractious coalition and his party holds just 11% of the seats in Parliament.
Suffice to say, I would not recommend this level of preparation when travelling with a fractious three-year-old and a grumpy husband.
For 110 years, it has remained a fractious but unitary organization.
Two horses were approaching from the high, barren hills; the man in front was having difficulty controlling his fractious horse with one hand.
The youngest children get fractious and older family members get irritable trying to keep the peace.
He was getting fractious and crabby while I was getting panicky because I knew there was something else and I couldn’t remember what it was.
And the actors were fractious and the crew was muttering.
An already fractious situation has just got more difficult.
Thus all the world’s ambition gets funnelled through schools, turning academia into fractious circuses of human conflict and desperately competing agendas.
After going backwards at the election and losing ground in opinion polls since, Opposition MPs are cranky, fractious and looking for answers.
For all the region’s fractious history, its transformation of the range from battle ground to recreation area occurred surprisingly early.
One potential course would be a breakdown of central control and a return to fractious regionalism.
A whirlwind start set the tone for the game: the exchanges were hard and physical and there were some fractious moments as tempers flared in the struggle for superiority.
A system without it could lead to division and multiple parties - and imagine the fractious problem of coalition governments.
People with pain can be fractious and difficult, and elderly people may not be paragons of charm and cheerfulness.
They are, however, extraordinarily difficult to discipline, incredibly fractious.
He was chosen for his ability to unite the fractious coalition and for his ability to connect to people.
And I’m usually alright in the morning but by about lunchtime in the afternoon I tend to get very irritable and fractious and I’m not quite sure why.
The management is difficult, the people get pretty fractious, and it starts feeling like the early years when one is in Opposition.
The council had promised a review of the rating system and had put the idea out for consultation, but when it came to the vote, it fractiously split down the middle.
For all of our fractiousness and various feints left, right and center, we are the grown up party.
All the fractiousness isn’t surprising really.
The nature of civilization is that it is a framework wherein people may live together, however fractiously.
Day-to-day resilience is as necessary in New York as a wet suit in ice water, in part to deal with fractiousness of the city’s own creation.
“You should know that if you were at a convent school,” he says, a bit fractiously.
For all of the rhetoric about teamwork in the health professions, most work is fractiously divided.
The devolution of authority to local officials has brought some benefits, to be sure, but it has also exacerbated the fractiousness of the country’s already chaotic politics.
As a moral theologian she is venturing often on dangerous topics - where fragmentation and fractiousness is the norm.