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[li-tij-uh s] /lɪˈtɪdʒ əs/
of or relating to litigation.
excessively or readily inclined to litigate:
a litigious person.
inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
Origin of litigious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lītigiōsus contentious, equivalent to lītigi(um) a quarrel (see litigant, -ium) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
litigiously, adverb
litigiousness, litigiosity
[li-tij-ee-os-i-tee] /lɪˌtɪdʒ iˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonlitigious, adjective
nonlitigiously, adverb
nonlitigiousness, noun
unlitigious, adjective
unlitigiously, adverb
unlitigiousness, noun
3. contentious, disputatious, quarrelsome. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for litigious
  • In today's litigious society, even small mishaps can result in large lawsuits.
  • Overall, it's been a pretty litigious couple of years.
  • Contingency-fee lawyers, blamed as the root evil of our litigious society, have been.
  • Do not put anything in an email that you are afraid may come back to haunt you in today's litigious society.
  • But overly litigious companies are doing their marketing departments no favors.
  • It did not work then, but a revisit in this politically correct, litigious era is sublime and ironic.
  • But he's also managed to mostly avoid dustups with notoriously litigious celebrities.
  • Anyone who asked her opinion risked getting it, unvarnished, sometimes with litigious results.
  • Lawyers for the city blame a litigious atmosphere that makes municipal government an easy target for lawsuits.
  • There are ways to streamline the law and make it less litigious that would not come at the expense of its core values and purpose.
British Dictionary definitions for litigious


excessively ready to go to law
of or relating to litigation
inclined to dispute or disagree
Derived Forms
litigiously, adverb
litigiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin lītigiōsus quarrelsome, from lītigium strife
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Word Origin and History for litigious

late 14c., "fond of disputes," from Middle French litigieux and directly from Latin litigiosus "contentious, quarrelsome," from litigium "dispute, strife," related to litigare (see litigation). Meaning "fond of engaging in lawsuits" is from 1620s. Earlier in English than litigate or litigation. Related: Litigiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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