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

Definition of litigant

: one engaged in a lawsuit

Other Words from litigant

litigant adjective

Examples of litigant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet in private, business and political life, Trump is a serial and often frivolous litigant and regards the court system as a way to delay accountability as much as an enforcement mechanism for the law. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 Cases like these do not really affect anyone other than the litigant. Patricia Fersch, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The first celebrated white litigant against an affirmative-action program was Marco DeFunis, who had been turned down by the University of Washington’s law school. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 That immediately prompted Robert Davis, a serial litigant who is also a member of this lawsuit, to ask Parker to hold Wood in contempt of court. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 23 July 2021 Robert Davis, a serial litigant in Detroit who sued to become a part of this lawsuit, notified Parker about Wood's post and asked her to put him in jail for violating the rules. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2021 Anyone who has worked around the courts knows there’s no other way to handle a litigant in the throes of delusion. New York Times, 14 July 2021 State officials first will focus on granting a single license to a Black farmer who meets certain provisions, including being a Pigford litigant. Dara Kam,, 22 June 2021 The courts could also stick the burden of proof on the plaintiffs, on the theory that asking a litigant to prove a negative is at least a little less unrealistic than asking one to disprove a negative. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of litigant

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Litigant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of litigant

: 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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