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litigate

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verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of litigate

  • law : to make (something) the subject of a lawsuit : to cause (a case, an issue, etc.) to be decided and settled in a court of law

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of litigate

litigatedlitigating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to carry on a legal contest by judicial process

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  dispute

  5. 2 :  to contest at law <litigate a claim>

litigable play \ˈli-ti-gə-bəl\ adjective
litigation play \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
litigator play \ˈli-tə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of litigate in a sentence

  1. They agree to litigate all disputes in this court.

  2. The company's unwillingness to make a deal increased her desire to litigate.



Origin of litigate

Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare, from lit-, lis lawsuit + agere to drive — more at agent


First Known Use: 1615

Rhymes with litigate

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Law Dictionary

litigate

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verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

Legal Definition of litigate

litigatedlitigating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to seek resolution of a legal contest by judicial process <chose to litigate rather than settle>
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make the subject of a suit <litigate a claim>; broadly :  to contest or resolve in court <litigate an insanity defense>

litigable \ˈli-tə-gə-bəl\ play adjective
litigation \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən\ play noun
litigational \-shə-nəl\ adjective
litigatory \ˈli-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective


Origin of litigate

Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare, from lit-, lis lawsuit + agere to drive



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