The Closing Word: Fractious

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you how to specifically implement it in business. A well-spoken, intelligent agent inspires confidence with clients and colleagues alike.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (FRACK-shush)

1. easily irritated or annoyed
2. stubbornly resistant to authority or control
3. unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome

1. cranky, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, techy, testy, tetchy ill-natured
2. recalcitrant, refractory, disobedient
3. difficult, hard


1. “I wish the fractious neighbor hadn’t yelled at my clients as they crossed his lawn.”

2. “One fractious homeowner bucked community bylaws and parked an RV in his front yard for most of a year.”

3. “The oak stump, over a century old by some estimated, proved especially fractious to remove.”


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