litigate

verb lit·i·gate \ ˈli-tə-ˌgāt \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of litigate

litigated; litigating
: to carry on a legal contest by judicial (see judicial 1a) process
  • only states can litigate before this court
  • —R. H. Heindel
1 archaic : dispute
2 : to decide and settle in a court of 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.

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Origin and Etymology of litigate

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



LITIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

litigate

Definition of litigate for English Language Learners

  • 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


Law Dictionary

litigate

verb lit·i·gate \ ˈli-tə-ˌgāt \

legal Definition of litigate

litigated; litigating
: to seek resolution of a legal contest by judicial process
  • chose to litigate rather than settle
: to make the subject of a suit
  • litigate a claim
; broadly : to contest or resolve in court
  • litigate an insanity defense

litigable

play \ˈli-tə-gə-bəl\ adjective

litigation

play \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

litigational

\-shə-nəl\ adjective

litigatory

\ˈli-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of litigate

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



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