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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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  • There can be no pretence for litigation, he says, when I am once in it.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The astronomical endowment was soon in jeopardy by litigation.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • In this age of litigation only one class appeared to thrive—the lawyers.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • They are captious, fond of litigation, and constantly seeking subterfuges.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • She got into a great deal of litigation and employed as her lawyer Judge Terry.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
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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