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 Highland, which managed $38 billion in assets at its peak, drew a reputation for being aggressive and litigious in its investment strategies. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Highland Capital co-founder Mark Okada is ‘getting the band back together’ to turn ‘chaos’ into profit," 31 Dec. 2020 That case has been raised in the current trial by Gross’ attorneys in an effort to prove that Towfiq is litigious with neighbors. Laurence Darmiento Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill Gross seeks to end dispute over lawn sculpture. His neighbor is having none of it," 7 Dec. 2020 Only the most contentious, litigious subject Warren has faced in years: whether and where to locate marijuana businesses in Michigan’s third-largest city. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Warren City Council ignores mayor's veto on marijuana shops," 10 Dec. 2020 Americans are a litigious lot, but lawyers aren't passing around business cards on the playground. Arkansas Online, "The immigrant song," 6 Dec. 2020 Delisting one group of wolves is possible—the large population of nearly 2,000 wolves that lives in the Northern Rocky Mountains was delisted by Congress in 2011—but often litigious. The Economist, "The Trump administration takes grey wolves off the endangered list," 20 Nov. 2020 The Doctors Michael Strahan discusses how COVID is affecting his family; the litigious aspects of COVID-19 transmission. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’; NFL football," 15 Nov. 2020 Current tensions around police conduct and the litigious nature of a difficult job weigh heavily on officers, and many are increasingly fearful of lawsuits, Mr. Johnson said. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Police Rethink Policies as Cities Pay Millions to Settle Misconduct Claims," 22 Oct. 2020 In the lead-up to November, a flood of voting rights cases across the country has already made this election the most litigious ever, and additional legal challenges are expected. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Now that Biden has won the presidency, what comes next?," 7 Nov. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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


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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