lit·​i·​gant | \ ˈli-ti-gənt \

Definition of litigant

: one engaged in a lawsuit

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Other Words from litigant

litigant adjective

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Based on the outcomes, Mr. Finkelman concludes that Marshall never once sided with the cause of freedom, even overturning decisions in which Southern judges and juries freed slave litigants. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Supreme Injustice’ Review: The High Court and Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 The ruling won't necessarily have an impact on the net neutrality case, in which Pai is defending the repeal and preemption of state laws against dozens of litigants including more than 20 state attorneys general. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota," 10 Sep. 2018 The elder Smith played a small role in the civil rights movement as a litigant in Baker v. Carr, a key voting rights case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. Daniela Altimari,, "He Was In Sarajevo During The Siege And Kabul After 9/11. Now Guy Smith Wants to Be Governor.," 14 June 2018 But West, a regular litigant in government-transparency cases who this week received $13,000 to settle a similar OPMA case against the city of Yakima, noted Bradshaw simply didn’t buy the city’s main argument. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Judge orders political consultant, city of Seattle to disclose polling results, other records related to council’s abrupt head-tax repeal," 18 Oct. 2018 Never mind his hundreds of opinions, the universal praise by litigants who have appeared before him, and the scores of women and men who’ve worked for and effusively praise him. Libby Locke, WSJ, "How It Feels To Be Falsely Accused," 4 Oct. 2018 As the industry booms, state and federal authorities are beginning to look into a specialized corner that provides high-interest cash advances to litigants waiting for settlements or jury awards. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Look to Profit From Personal-Injury Suits," 25 June 2018 Technically, court officials can’t force litigants to take part in mediation, although participants are led to believe the process is required. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "New York to Litigants: Let’s Settle Those Lawsuits," 4 July 2018 The office expected the most questions to come from self-representing litigants who may not have email addresses and may require extra help. Elyssa Cherney,, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of litigant

1659, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of litigant

law : a person who is involved in a lawsuit : someone who is suing another person or is being sued by another person


lit·​i·​gant | \ ˈli-ti-gənt \

Legal Definition of litigant

: an active party to litigation

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litigant adjective

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