litigation

[lit-i-gey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of litigating: a matter that is still in litigation.
2.
a lawsuit.

Origin:
1560–70; < Late Latin lītigātiōn- (stem of lītigātiō) a dispute. See litigate, -ion

nonlitigation, noun
prelitigation, noun
relitigation, noun
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litigation (ˌlɪtɪˈɡeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of bringing or contesting a legal action in court
2.  a judicial proceeding or contest

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litigation
1560s, "disputation," from L.L. litigationem (nom. litigatio), from L. litigatus, pp. of litigare "to dispute, quarrel, strive," from litem (nom. lis, gen. litis) "lawsuit, dispute, quarrel, strife" + root of agere "to drive, conduct" (see act). Meaning "act of carrying on a lawsuit" is from 1640s.
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Example sentences
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  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.
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