- the act or process of litigating: a matter that is still in litigation.
- a lawsuit.
Origin of litigation
Examples from the Web for litigation
She and her family have been in litigation with NYU over the Acton estate since his death.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU
November 10, 2014
And the costs of litigation amount to chump change for guys who count their net worth in nine and 10 figures.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
If the administration refuses, he will prepare for litigation.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?
July 10, 2014
The relationship between the partners soured and devolved into ugly squabbling and litigation.New Jersey Political Boss Loses Control Of Newspaper
May 27, 2014
But under the terms of the NBA constitution, he has no chance to succeed in litigation over punishment.The NBA’s War With Donald Sterling Is Just Getting Started
April 29, 2014
There can be no pretence for litigation, he says, when I am once in it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
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
They are captious, fond of litigation, and constantly seeking subterfuges.The Philippine Islands
She got into a great deal of litigation and employed as her lawyer Judge Terry.Ethics in Service
William Howard Taft
- the act or process of bringing or contesting a legal action in court
- a judicial proceeding or contest
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.