- to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law.
- Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.).
- to carry on a lawsuit.
Origin of litigate
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- to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
- (intr) to engage in legal proceedings
C17: from Latin lītigāre, from līt-, stem of līs lawsuit + agere to carry on
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Word Origin and History for litigative
1610s, from Middle French litigier and directly from Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare "to dispute, carry on a suit" (see litigation). Related: Litigated; litigating.
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