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[lit-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌlɪt ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of litigating:
a matter that is still in litigation.
a lawsuit.
Origin of litigation
1560-70; < Late Latin lītigātiōn- (stem of lītigātiō) a dispute. See litigate, -ion
Related forms
nonlitigation, noun
prelitigation, noun
relitigation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for litigation
  • She has also held various tax, audit and litigation support positions at a private company and a leading accounting firm.
  • Ego, personal taste, and fear of litigation all get tangled up in the judgment.
  • Under the threat of litigation, scientists cannot test a seed to explore the different conditions under which it thrives or fails.
  • The truth is out and doctors are scared because now the will be subject to litigation and worse for doing harm.
  • The writer dryly ended her article by noting that the litigation came too late for the fish, which had already been eaten.
  • So you figure you will hold off on hiring until unemployment declines a little further and the risk of litigation declines.
  • Nothing will contribute more to that than an extended re-litigation of the last eight years.
  • The risk of litigation is negligible, in some places nonexistent.
  • The frenzy of smart-phone litigation could last for years.
  • Investors, it seems, would rather not risk their cash on discretionary litigation.
British Dictionary definitions for litigation


the act or process of bringing or contesting a legal action in court
a judicial proceeding or contest
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Word Origin and History for litigation

1560s, "disputation," from Late Latin litigationem (nominative litigatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin litigare "to dispute, quarrel, strive," from phrase litem agere, from litem (nominative lis) "lawsuit, dispute, quarrel, strife" + agere "to drive, conduct" (see act). Meaning "act of carrying on a lawsuit" is from 1640s.

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