American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Reproducing by biological fission.
- adj. Tending to break up into parts or break away from a main body; factious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Reproducing or multiplying by fission or spontaneous self-division, a mode of asexual generation by division into two or more parts, each of which, when completely separated, becomes a new individual: it is a usual process among the protozoans, protophytes, and other low organisms. See fission, 2.
- adj. Factious, tending to break into pieces.
- adj. Causing division or fragmenting something.
- adj. biology Of cells that reproduce through fission, splitting into two.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Biol.) Reproducing by spontaneous fission. See fission.
- adj. reproducing by fission
- adj. having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude
“All error is what physiologists term fissiparous, and in exterminating one false opinion you may be hindering the growth of an uncounted brood of false opinions.”
“A legacy of a strong nation unbroken by 'fissiparous' tendencies despite the dire predictions of foreign observers; a nation armed with nuclear weapons and missiles; a nation with the ability to assert an independent foreign policy and independent path of capitalist development, in the main, fully capable of holding its head high in the international community and world economic stage.”
“[T] he picture that this report paints is one of small, sectarian and chauvinist groupuscules, reproducing in this country the fissiparous and distrustful community loyalties of the subcontinent.”
“The hope of these minorities is that a fissiparous Pakistan, with its history of dysfunctional civilian and military governments, will give way in the fullness of time to a sprawling Greater India, thus liberating Baluchistan to pursue its destiny as a truly autonomous region.”
“The sixth and final app was the West's work ethic, which held together the potentially fissiparous society produced by the first five.”
“One year after that he wrote in Earthquakes in London a fissiparous climate-change drama with thinly realised characters among them a glacial female politician which was given an explosive staging by Rupert Goold.”
“See, this is exactly why I parted with Protestantism: I could never discern any real desire for unity (which would have been impossible in any case because it is way too fissiparous).”
“One good thing about Protestantism, though: it force me to learn the word "fissiparous.”
“Then there is the danger that Iraq's fissiparous character could drive it back into civil war.”
“But Clegg must be thinking very carefully about his options – the Liberals have a terribly fissiparous history.”
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