One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Tending or too ready to take legal action to settle disputes.‘our increasingly litigious society’
quarrelsome, disputatious, bickering, wrangling, captious, contrary, cantankerous, contentious, dissentient, polemicalView synonyms
- ‘On the subject of suing, does he think the media culture today is becoming overly litigious?’
- ‘By the by, I have often wondered why Bulgarian society is not more litigious.’
- ‘But some clowns are concerned about the legal risks of throwing custard pies, what with society becoming more litigious.’
- ‘Is this person likely to be litigious and bring lawsuits crashing down on the company?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All electronic communication, regardless of the medium, is now potential evidentiary fact in our litigious society.’
- ‘We know that we are a highly litigious nation.’
- ‘Our increasingly litigious society could also have serious consequences for dog owners.’
- ‘Across the area, event organisers are having to face the consequences of an increasingly litigious society.’
- ‘But also a long-term cultural shift towards a more litigious society.’
- ‘Though Americans are notoriously litigious, the plague of lawsuits is largely a myth.’
- ‘Local landowners are well aware of their rights over land and highly litigious when they are aggrieved.’
- ‘I've never considered a contract, but I don't live in a hugely litigious society.’
- ‘Ireland might hold the unenviable title of being the most litigious country in the world.’
- ‘Englishmen were notoriously litigious, but that represented a willingness to submit to the arbitration of the king's courts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘By January, because of our increasingly litigious society, that had increased to almost £20,000.’
- ‘In fact, this kind of construction will draw a massive legal reaction from ever litigious New Yorkers.’
- ‘The NFL is the most litigious league of all the professional sports.’
- ‘Two related factors are our litigious natures and greed for easy money.’
- 1.1 Concerned with lawsuits or litigation.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His litigious and tumultuous year away from football is also a concern.’
- 1.2 Suitable to become the subject of a lawsuit.
Late Middle English: from Old French litigieux or Latin litigiosus from litigium ‘litigation’, from lis, lit- ‘lawsuit’.
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