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 Defamation by implication dates back at least to novelist James Fenimore Cooper, who — tracing a downward arc from literary celebrity to litigious crank — sued a series of newspaper editors in the 1840s. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 10 May 2022 Unlike Saverin, who was one of Facebook’s cofounders and is now worth $11.4 billion, or the litigious Winklevoss twins ($4 billion each), Grimeland was only on the fringes of the Zuckerberg phenomenon. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 4 May 2022 That option is illustrated with a picture of an EZFlash third-party flash cartridge in the emulator interface, an odd choice given Nintendo's previous litigious attacks on such flashcart makers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Just filing an application puts you on these litigious creatures’ radar. Doug Ladden, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Great mountain peaks of names prestigious Will suddenly become litigious. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 But Yale professor Sonnenfeld said that Walker’s litigious business past and misrepresentations of his success raises questions about his trustworthiness, especially as a candidate that has no political record to run on. Greg Bluestein, ajc, 11 Mar. 2022 Founded in 1974, the company known originally as Apple Computer was not always so litigious. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Disparate and inconsistently functioning electronic medical record platforms, rising education debt, contrarian insurance companies, and a more litigious society have all taken their toll. Stephen Thomas, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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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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