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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.
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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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Related Words for litigiousness

scrappiness, belligerent, contrary, combative, contentious, controversial, disputatious, factious, litigious, opinionated, pugnacious, quarrelsome, salty, scrappy, touchy, spiky

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Historical Examples of litigiousness

  • Litigiousness got no play where courts did not exist, and perjury could not show itself where witnesses were not examined.

    Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877

    James Kennedy

  • St. Paul here gives his judgment on the litigiousness of the Corinthians.

  • Next to the charge of untruthfulness, Mill upbraids the Hindus for what he calls their litigiousness.

British Dictionary definitions for litigiousness


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



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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