- characterized by or causing vexation; annoying, troublesome, etc.
- Law instituted without real grounds, chiefly to cause annoyance to the defendant: said of legal actions
The definition of vexatious is causing annoyance, or full of annoyance.
An example of something vexatious is a computer that won't stop beeping in the office.
Causing or creating vexation; annoying: vexatious delays.
(comparative more vexatious, superlative most vexatious)
a 1650 vexation +"Ž -ous
- He gets a bit vexatious at times.
- The slavery question presented vexatious difficulties in conducting the war.
- He took occasion to abolish a variety of vexatious imposts, and the new budget fell less heavily on the Christians than the old.
- The Nestorians and the Eutychian Monophysites were not threatened with such severe civil penalties, although their worship was interdicted, and their bishops were sometimes banished; but this vexatious treatment was quite enough to keep them disaffected, and the rapidity of the Mahommedan conquests may be partly traced to that alienation of the bulk of the Egyptian and a large part of the Syrian population which dates from Justinian's persecutions.
- A still more vexatious and protracted controversy on the same subject arose in 1551.