- the act or process of litigating: a matter that is still in litigation.
- a lawsuit.
Origin of litigation
- the act or process of bringing or contesting a legal action in court
- a judicial proceeding or contest
Word Origin and History for prelitigation
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.