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  1. of or relating to litigation.
  2. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.
  3. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.

Origin of litigious

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lītigiōsus contentious, equivalent to lītigi(um) a quarrel (see litigant, -ium) + -ōsus -ous
Related formsli·ti·gious·ly, adverbli·ti·gious·ness, li·ti·gi·os·i·ty [li-tij-ee-os-i-tee] /lɪˌtɪdʒ iˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·li·ti·gious, adjectivenon·li·ti·gious·ly, adverbnon·li·ti·gious·ness, nounun·li·ti·gious, adjectiveun·li·ti·gious·ly, adverbun·li·ti·gious·ness, noun

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  1. excessively ready to go to law
  2. of or relating to litigation
  3. inclined to dispute or disagree
Derived Formslitigiously, adverblitigiousness, noun

Word Origin for litigious

C14: from Latin lītigiōsus quarrelsome, from lītigium strife
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Word Origin and History for litigious

late 14c., "fond of disputes," from Middle French litigieux and directly from Latin litigiosus "contentious, quarrelsome," from litigium "dispute, strife," related to litigare (see litigation). Meaning "fond of engaging in lawsuits" is from 1620s. Earlier in English than litigate or litigation. Related: Litigiousness.

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