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

Definition of litigant

: one engaged in a lawsuit

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litigant adjective

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City Attorney Tony Condotti said the city is limited in negotiating a potential middle ground in the lawsuit because those who show up in court are not the homeless litigants themselves, and none are formally represented by an attorney. Jessica York, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz tourist hot spot shared with city’s homeless campers," 2 Sep. 2019 The total compensation is just $12.1 million, however, which will need to be split between the litigants and the members of the class—basically, any customer who bought a Bulldozer chip and can attest to it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD settles Bulldozer class-action suit that could pay out up to $35 per chip," 28 Aug. 2019 But Battle is a prolific litigant, often from behind bars and rarely with the help of a lawyer. Megan Crepeau,, "Trial into killing of off-duty Chicago cop begins with defendant representing himself: ‘I’m not coming in here to lose’," 14 Aug. 2019 The most frequent state litigants against Obama included Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. al, "States increasingly challenge Trump in court," 24 Aug. 2019 The litigants argue that the system violates citizens’ rights by treating everyone as guilty until proven innocent. Joanna Redden, Scientific American, "The Harm That Data Do," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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

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litigant adjective

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