litigious

adjective
li·​ti·​gious | \ lə-ˈti-jəs How to pronounce litigious (audio) , li- \

Definition of litigious

1a : disputatious, contentious in a litigious mood
b : prone to engage in lawsuits an increasingly litigious society
2 : subject to litigation not known to be litigious when purchased— James Muirhead
3 : of, relating to, or marked by litigation a litigious situation

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Other Words from litigious

litigiously adverb
litigiousness noun

Examples of litigious in a Sentence

a very litigious group of people this litigious age in which we live
Recent Examples on the Web Mr Alix, whose litigious investment firm, Mar-Bow Value Partners, is mischievously named after Marvin Bower, one of McKinsey’s founding fathers, claims to be fighting to defend the integrity of the bankruptcy system. The Economist, "Schumpeter Rethinking McKinsey," 21 Nov. 2019 While due process cases are controversial for their cost and litigious nature, some parents see it as their last resort when their school refuses to give their children services or when their children are failing to make progress in school. Los Angeles Times, "Families endure costly legal fights trying to get the right special education services," 6 Oct. 2019 To our knowledge, no data have been used for commercial or litigious purposes. Joseph S. Ross, Joanne Waldstreicher, STAT, "Sharing clinical trial data: lessons from the YODA Project," 18 Nov. 2019 The Wright brothers patented their aircraft design and became so litigious that one of their rivals joked that a person jumping in the air and waving their arms would get sued. K.n.c., The Economist, "The value of freeing ideas, not just locking them up," 8 Nov. 2019 Such a review is standard practice in the news business, particularly when a litigious figure like Weinstein is involved. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Ronan Farrow suspects that Harvey Weinstein threatened NBC with Matt Lauer's secrets," 10 Oct. 2019 While due process cases are controversial for their cost and litigious nature, some parents see it as their last resort when their school refuses to give their children services or when their children are failing to make progress in school. Los Angeles Times, "Families endure costly legal fights trying to get the right special education services," 6 Oct. 2019 While due process cases are controversial for their cost and litigious nature, some parents see it as their last resort when their school refuses to give their children services or when their children are failing to make progress in school. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Expensive legal fights ensue when families say they’re not getting the right special education services," 5 Oct. 2019 Still, that’s better than the Torlonia family’s prized collection of ancient statues, which has apparently been stashed in three large warehouses while the litigious heirs bicker. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of litigious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for litigious

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin litigiosus, from litigium dispute, from litigare

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“Litigious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/litigious. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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litigious

adjective
How to pronounce litigious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of litigious

formal : too ready or eager to sue someone or something in a court of law : tending or likely to engage in lawsuits

litigious

adjective
li·​ti·​gious | \ li-ˈti-jəs How to pronounce litigious (audio) \

Legal Definition of litigious

1 : prone to engage in lawsuits or legal maneuvers especially to an excessive degree a litigious pro se prisoner … filed fifty-one casesIn re Oliver, 682 F.2d 443 (1982)
2 : subject to litigation acquired only a possible litigious claimWells v. Joseph, 95 So. 2d 843 (1957)
3 : of, relating to, or marked by litigation

Other Words from litigious

litigiously adverb
litigiousness noun

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