litigate

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verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

Definition of litigate

litigated

litigating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to carry on a legal contest by judicial process

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  dispute

  5. 2 :  to contest at 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.

Origin and Etymology of litigate

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


First Known Use: 1615


LITIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

litigate

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verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

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

play
verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

Legal Definition of litigate

litigated

litigating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to seek resolution of a legal contest by judicial process <chose to litigate rather than settle>
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make the subject of a suit <litigate a claim>; broadly :  to contest or resolve in court <litigate an insanity defense>

litigable

\ˈli-tə-gə-bəl\ play adjective

litigation

\ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən\ play 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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