[lit-i-gey-shuh n]


the act or process of litigating: a matter that is still in litigation.
a lawsuit.

Origin of litigation

1560–70; < Late Latin lītigātiōn- (stem of lītigātiō) a dispute. See litigate, -ion
Related formsnon·lit·i·ga·tion, nounpre·lit·i·ga·tion, nounre·lit·i·ga·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of litigation

  • There can be no pretence for litigation, he says, when I am once in it.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The astronomical endowment was soon in jeopardy by litigation.

  • In this age of litigation only one class appeared to thrive—the lawyers.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • They are captious, fond of litigation, and constantly seeking subterfuges.

  • She got into a great deal of litigation and employed as her lawyer Judge Terry.

    Ethics in Service

    William Howard Taft

British Dictionary definitions for litigation



the act or process of bringing or contesting a legal action in court
a judicial proceeding or contest
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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.

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