lit·​i·​gant | \ ˈli-ti-gənt How to pronounce litigant (audio) \

Definition of litigant

: one engaged in a lawsuit

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Other Words from litigant

litigant adjective

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Wilton’s lawyer, Elizabeth Brekhus, said Friday that the litigants have reached a settlement. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "‘Buyer beware’: Tiburon real estate verdict reversed on appeal," 4 Aug. 2019 Commission Chairman Van Turner, an attorney who represents clients in General Sessions Court, suggested the county hire an advocate or staff attorney for litigants representing themselves. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Stop Suing Patients, Advocates Advise Memphis Nonprofit Hospital System," 30 July 2019 The company, along with a sister adult film outlet Strike 3 Holdings, are widely considered the most active copyright litigants in the United States. Guillermo Contreras,, "Alleged ‘copyright troll’ claims unnamed San Antonians are stealing porn movies," 18 July 2019 In most states and nearly all the 13 federal appellate circuits, judges are legally obliged to weigh any litigant's request that information be sealed against the broader public interest in making it public. NBC News, "How judges added to the grim toll of opioids," 25 June 2019 As the wrangling continues, Hazel is poised to authorize litigants to start producing information in a case that could stop the question on different grounds from what the Supreme Court heard. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration scrambles to save citizenship question on census," 5 July 2019 There is a lesson here, one that the administration (and indeed, all litigants) would do well to remember. David French, National Review, "Why Trump Lost the Census Case," 27 June 2019 If Congress or private litigants seek to enforce these demands, the Justice Department should move to stay these proceedings while Mr. Trump is in office. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Stop the Impeachment Fishing Expedition," 14 Feb. 2019 In that suit, state attorneys general and other litigants sued the FCC to reverse the repeal of federal net neutrality rules and the preemption of state laws. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law," 19 Oct. 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 How to pronounce litigant (audio) \

Legal Definition of litigant

: an active party to litigation

Other Words from litigant

litigant adjective

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