Definition of litigious in English:

litigious

adjective

  • 1Tending or too ready to take legal action to settle disputes.

    ‘our increasingly litigious society’
    • ‘If you look at it year on year there is probably a move upwards - it is a more litigious society now and legal fees are more structured now.’
    • ‘On the subject of suing, does he think the media culture today is becoming overly litigious?’
    • ‘The NFL is the most litigious league of all the professional sports.’
    • ‘I've never considered a contract, but I don't live in a hugely litigious society.’
    • ‘All electronic communication, regardless of the medium, is now potential evidentiary fact in our litigious society.’
    • ‘And all we're wanting to do is ensure that in a highly litigious city, in a highly litigious society, that we make sure as far as is possible, that lawyers bring cases that are reasonable and fair.’
    • ‘Ireland might hold the unenviable title of being the most litigious country in the world.’
    • ‘In fact, this kind of construction will draw a massive legal reaction from ever litigious New Yorkers.’
    • ‘But some clowns are concerned about the legal risks of throwing custard pies, what with society becoming more litigious.’
    • ‘Though Americans are notoriously litigious, the plague of lawsuits is largely a myth.’
    • ‘Englishmen were notoriously litigious, but that represented a willingness to submit to the arbitration of the king's courts.’
    • ‘But also a long-term cultural shift towards a more litigious society.’
    • ‘By the by, I have often wondered why Bulgarian society is not more litigious.’
    • ‘Is this person likely to be litigious and bring lawsuits crashing down on the company?’
    • ‘We know that we are a highly litigious nation.’
    • ‘Our increasingly litigious society could also have serious consequences for dog owners.’
    • ‘Local landowners are well aware of their rights over land and highly litigious when they are aggrieved.’
    • ‘Across the area, event organisers are having to face the consequences of an increasingly litigious society.’
    • ‘By January, because of our increasingly litigious society, that had increased to almost £20,000.’
    • ‘Two related factors are our litigious natures and greed for easy money.’
    quarrelsome, disputatious, bickering, wrangling, captious, contrary, cantankerous, contentious, dissentient, polemical
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    1. 1.1 Concerned with lawsuits or litigation.
      • ‘I guess one thing that would also be said about that is that eight months to deal with the litigious rights of some 600,000 litigants is pretty good judicial economy, looked at that way.’
      • ‘His litigious and tumultuous year away from football is also a concern.’
      • ‘In making the determination whether or not there is that necessary element of repetition one looks at the whole history of the defendant's litigious activity.’
      • ‘In most litigious situations the expression ‘waiver’ is used to describe a voluntary, informed and unequivocal election by a party not to claim a right or raise an objection which it is open to that party to claim or raise.’
      • ‘We may shake our heads and say sadly that this is a ‘litigious age,’ but our experience has been that only litigious processes guarantee the rights of all concerned.’
      • ‘But nothing in the Convention jurisprudence requires courts to shut their eyes to the practical realities of litigious life even in a reasonably well-organised legal system.’
      • ‘Inevitably, we must await judicial clarification of such words as purports to confer a benefit, but clearly there is room for litigious dispute.’
    2. 1.2 Suitable to become the subject of a lawsuit.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French litigieux or Latin litigiosus from litigium ‘litigation’, from lis, lit- ‘lawsuit’.

Pronunciation

litigious

/lɪˈtɪdʒəs/