Definition of vexatious in US English:



  • 1Causing or tending to cause annoyance, frustration, or worry.

    ‘the vexatious questions posed by software copyrights’
    • ‘There are a number of things happening that seem to be vexatious and uncontrollable.’
    • ‘This week, Mr Dhillon wrote to our letters page to say he denied all the allegations in their entirety, claiming that he was being ‘used as a scapegoat in political wranglings arising from spurious and vexatious allegations’.’
    • ‘The big financial question, the one about The Sun story alleging vexatious contract negotiations, could wait no longer.’
    • ‘If that be the case, then Monica is well within her right to fetter her freedom of speech but I am not prepared to follow suit, provided that my utterances are not frivolous or vexatious and always made in the best interest of the people.’
    • ‘This coin, too, was designed to deal with the question of foreign currency circulating in the state - indeed, it represents one of the earliest attempts to solve that vexatious problem.’
    • ‘This vexatious problem was resolved, incompletely, by civil war and secession.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, true to form the National party is saying that the case is vexatious and ‘an absurd waste of time and taxpayer money’.’
    • ‘Obviously society should have no truck with vexatious or spurious claims, but when people suffer damage to their lives or to their careers it is only equitable that they should be awarded adequate compensation.’
    • ‘Dance numbers will also create awareness on some of the vexatious problems that the world is now facing.’
    • ‘Unfair dismissal laws were only introduced in 1993 and have had a number of undesirable effects in discouraging job creation and encouraging frivolous and vexatious claims.’
    • ‘I question how vexatious accusations will be dealt with under this legislation.’
    • ‘Scott is now under intense pressure to leave the club, after a series of inflammatory and vexatious statements about supporters, players, the press, the local council and the football authorities.’
    • ‘But what Herbert proposes is no mere flight from awkward questions and a vexatious world.’
    • ‘In keeping with today's litigious mood, more businesses are prepared to use the regulatory machinery to pursue their business interests against competitors, sometimes with vexatious claims.’
    • ‘This was a very vexatious issue in the first place and the way it was constructed caused a lot of angst.’
    • ‘‘This is yet another vexatious regulation, increasing the ‘pariah’ status of people who smoke, consigning them ever deeper into the social dustbin.’’
    • ‘Mr Kenzler said: ‘It is good to be exonerated from vexatious and childish allegations.’’
    • ‘How did her Government's decision to amend the Resource Management Act 1991 last year by removing the Environment Court's power to grant security for costs help reduce the problem of frivolous and vexatious objectors?’
    • ‘On another issue that is causing us quite a lot of vexatious worry has been the need to repeatedly restate the same things over and over.’
    • ‘On the issue of vexatious requests Ms O'Reilly said: ‘There is no empirical evidence to show they are there on a wide scale.’’
    annoying, vexing, irritating, irksome, displeasing, infuriating, maddening, exasperating, provoking, galling, rankling, grating, jarring, harassing, harrying, bothersome, tiresome, troublesome, niggling
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    1. 1.1Law Denoting an action or the bringer of an action that is brought without sufficient grounds for winning, purely to cause annoyance to the defendant.
      • ‘It seems that if such a defence fails, the vexatious litigant does require permission to institute appellate proceedings.’
      • ‘No man, let alone a vexatious litigant, has a vested right to bring or continue proceedings which are an abuse of the process of the court.’
      • ‘Access to the courts can be and is limited by statute, for example by Section 42 of the Supreme Court Act 1981, which requires a vexatious litigant to obtain the permission of a high court judge to begin proceedings.’
      • ‘The Commonwealth is in a position where it is saying that section 44 does not confer jurisdiction on the County Court untrammelled by the vexatious litigant order made by the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘Significantly, the vexatious litigant is not deprived of the right to bring proceedings.’