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[ li-tij-uhs ]


  1. of or relating to litigation.
  2. excessively or readily inclined to litigate:

    a litigious person.

  3. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.

    Synonyms: quarrelsome, disputatious, contentious


/ lɪˈtɪdʒəs /


  1. excessively ready to go to law
  2. of or relating to litigation
  3. inclined to dispute or disagree

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Derived Forms

  • liˈtigiousness, noun
  • liˈtigiously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • li·tigious·ly adverb
  • li·tigious·ness li·ti·gi·os·i·ty [li-tij-ee-, os, -i-tee], noun
  • nonli·tigious adjective
  • nonli·tigious·ly adverb
  • nonli·tigious·ness noun
  • un·li·tigious adjective
  • un·li·tigious·ly adverb
  • un·li·tigious·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of litigious1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lītigiōsus contentious, equivalent to lītigi ( um ) a quarrel ( litigant, -ium ) + -ōsus -ous
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Word History and Origins

Origin of litigious1

C14: from Latin lītigiōsus quarrelsome, from lītigium strife
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Example Sentences

Trash hauling contracts are highly regulated, complex, detailed and potentially litigious animals.

What does “love” mean, especially in our highly charged litigious society.

The couple declined to appear in Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, and the film depicts them as a litigious pair—to the extent that many people who worked with them and Ross refused to speak to Rofé out of fear of being sued.

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The most litigious in the Northwell system during that time was Long Island Jewish Medical Center, which filed a total of 2,011 court actions, with more than a quarter of those pursued last year, the research showed.

This child of Nigerian immigrants has acquired this country’s litigious spirit, and he pressed his case for nominal damages.

ANDREA CONSTAND (2004) The most litigious of the group is Constand.

I got the shot across the bow at the beginning, and I knew from his history that he tended to be very litigious.

They are “not litigious people,” as Sarah said, but they felt they had a right to sue.

The hiring of Belcher itself was a strong indicator that the famously litigious Sterling was determined to go to court.

Could a director get away with that in these litigious times?

Fitzwilliam was a man of hasty temper, Fitton was said to be vain-glorious and was certainly quarrelsome and litigious.

When any litigious suits fell out, he would always stop them and prevent people's going to law.

Writing about law makes one litigious; so I seize this opportunity for making a few observations on American claims.

But they are judges of the first instance for every kind of litigious or criminal cases.

Other claims have been personal or litigious; these are historic.


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More About Litigious

What does litigious mean?

Litigious is an adjective that’s used to describe a person or organization that is prone to suing other people or companies.

It typically implies that such lawsuits are frivolous or excessive.

The related verb litigate means to engage in a legal proceeding, such as a lawsuit. It can mean to bring a lawsuit or to contest one.

Litigate can also be used in a somewhat figurative or general way meaning to intensely dispute or argue something, as if one were a lawyer in a courtroom setting, as in It’s just a minor issue—we don’t have to litigate it over and over again.  

In the same way, litigious can also be used to describe someone who’s prone to arguing. A close synonym is argumentative.

The tendency to be litigious is called litigiousness.

Less commonly, litigious can also be used to describe anything involving litigation.

Example: The megacorporation is known for being litigious—constantly firing off lawsuits as a first resort.

Where does litigious come from?

The first records of the word litigious come from the 1300s. It derives from the Latin lītigiōsus, which means “contentious” and is related to the Latin lītigi(um), meaning “a quarrel.”

Companies considered litigious are often those that use lawsuits as a normal way of doing business. A person who’s described as litigious in this way often sues people or organizations all time, engaging in one lawsuit after another.

Someone who’s described as litigious in a general sense is always arguing, especially in a tedious way, as if they were a lawyer in a courtroom.

Both senses of the word are typically applied to people or companies who tend to wear others down with their constant litigating.

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What are some other forms related to litigious?

  • litigiously (adverb)
  • litigiousness (noun)
  • litigiosity (noun)

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How is litigious used in real life?

The word litigious is most commonly used in the context of lawsuits, but it can also be used in a general way.



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Is litigious used correctly in the following sentence? 

One of the other students in my class is so litigious that every time he answers a question it turns into a debate.