[lit-i-guh nt]


a person engaged in a lawsuit.


litigating; engaged in a lawsuit.

Origin of litigant

1630–40; < Latin lītigant- (stem of lītigāns, present participle of lītigāre to go to law), equivalent to līt- (stem of līs) a lawsuit + -ig- (combining form of agere to carry on) + -ant- -ant
Can be confusedlitigant litigator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a party to a lawsuit


engaged in litigation
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Word Origin and History for litigant

1630s (adj.); 1650s (n.), from French litigant, from Latin litigantem (nominative litigans), present participle of litigare (see litigation).

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