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litigious

[li-tij-uh s] /lɪˈtɪdʒ əs/
adjective
1.
of or relating to litigation.
2.
excessively or readily inclined to litigate:
a litigious person.
3.
inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
Origin of litigious
1350-1400
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),
noun
nonlitigious, adjective
nonlitigiously, adverb
nonlitigiousness, noun
unlitigious, adjective
unlitigiously, adverb
unlitigiousness, noun
Synonyms
3. contentious, disputatious, quarrelsome.
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Examples from the Web for litigious
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  • The general disposition was choleric, pugnacious, litigious.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • It was not a company to sympathize deeply with such a litigious spirit.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Other claims have been personal or litigious; these are historic.

  • "He didn't; he said laste," says Kit, who is plainly in a litigious mood.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • The mountaineer is not only a born fighter but he is also litigious by nature and tradition.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
British Dictionary definitions for litigious

litigious

/lɪˈtɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
excessively ready to go to law
2.
of or relating to litigation
3.
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
adj.

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.

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