[ lit-i-gey-shuh n ]
/ ˌlɪt ɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


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

Nearby words

  1. lithuria,
  2. lithy,
  3. litigable,
  4. litigant,
  5. litigate,
  6. litigation friend,
  7. litigator,
  8. litigiosity,
  9. litigious,
  10. litigiously

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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British Dictionary definitions for litigations


/ (ˌlɪtɪˈɡeɪʃən) /


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 litigations



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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