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[lit-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌlɪt ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of litigating:
a matter that is still in litigation.
2.
a lawsuit.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Late Latin lītigātiōn- (stem of lītigātiō) a dispute. See litigate, -ion
Related forms
nonlitigation, noun
prelitigation, noun
relitigation, noun
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litigation

/ˌlɪtɪˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of bringing or contesting a legal action in court
2.
a judicial proceeding or contest
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Word Origin and History for prelitigation
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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