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verb (used with object), lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing.
  1. to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law.
  2. Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.).
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verb (used without object), lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing.
  1. to carry on a lawsuit.
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Origin of litigate

First recorded in 1605–15, litigate is from the Latin word lītigātus (past participle of lītigāre to go to law). See litigant, -ate1
Related formslit·i·ga·tive, adjectivere·lit·i·gate, verb (used with object), re·lit·i·gat·ed, re·lit·i·gat·ing.un·lit·i·gat·ed, adjectiveun·lit·i·gat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for litigative


  1. to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
  2. (intr) to engage in legal proceedings
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Derived Formslitigator, noun

Word Origin for litigate

C17: from Latin lītigāre, from līt-, stem of līs lawsuit + agere to carry on
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Word Origin and History for litigative



1610s, from Middle French litigier and directly from Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare "to dispute, carry on a suit" (see litigation). Related: Litigated; litigating.

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