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

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Whether that raises Nintendo's notoriously litigious legal eyebrows remains to be seen. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "You can now download the long-lost (and unfinished) SimCity NES port," 26 Dec. 2018 There's always the possibility of blasting it with a powerful, high-range firearm, too, although that's proven to be a highly-litigious and questionably legal act, and one that can come with enormous safety and liability concerns. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Have No Idea How to Deal With Drones," 21 Dec. 2018 And as America became more litigious, landowners and insurance companies were eager to exclude outsiders in order to restrict legal liability for accidents. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘This Land Is Our Land’ Review: Taking the Long Way Around," 25 May 2018 VanderZanden was an executive at Uber before a contentious — and litigious — departure. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Bird CEO Explains Why His Scooter Startup Needed $300 Million," 28 June 2018 And while obviously the law is there to protect vulnerable students, the overly litigious atmosphere actually backfires, as teachers often avoid confronting difficult situations for fear of being sued. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "No, the customer is not always right, especially in school," 18 May 2018 In this case, Lego has been litigious with third-party bricks in the past, so be cautious. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, ""Flexo" Bricks Are Like Legos That Bend," 26 Sep. 2016 This week, Xavier Becerra, the state’s litigious attorney general and a former House Democratic leader, filed back-to-back lawsuits against the EPA over labor and pollution policies. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: California files back-to-back lawsuits against the EPA," 31 May 2018 But despite having hundreds of lawyers on the ground in America, one prize has proved elusive: laying down deep roots in the world’s most litigious market. The Economist, "British law firms seek similar across the pond," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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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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