Definition of litigant in English:



  • A person involved in a lawsuit.

    • ‘They are for the external direction of litigants and litigators.’
    • ‘The Judge is entitled to run the court in an efficient way for the benefit of litigants.’
    • ‘So judges and magistrates are not subject to litigation from disgruntled litigants.’
    • ‘We do not have the luxury of the system, which can provide instant access to litigants, in terms of courtrooms, judges and jury panels.’
    • ‘The courts have become increasingly aware that this is in the interests of the litigants and society as a whole, particularly in the personal injury field.’
    • ‘And what about personal injury litigants who are being tailed legitimately?’
    • ‘The Supreme Court Act 1981 provides litigants with the means to gain discovery of evidence that they need to make their claim.’
    • ‘Some of those litigants have their counterparts in the profession.’
    • ‘A law with respect to vexatious litigants may be a law designed to promote access to the courts.’
    • ‘The upshot was that it was no longer to be thought of in terms of Crown immunity but whether the public interest overrode the ordinary rights of litigants.’
    • ‘It indemnifies successful litigants for the cost of litigation.’
    • ‘Family and friends for both litigants have testified in a supportive way for each.’
    • ‘To accede to the request of the defendants would put the access to justice by most litigants out of reach.’
    • ‘I understood him to agree that the letters of opinion provided by both litigants had afforded little assistance to the court.’
    • ‘That would be determined, we would say, for the benefit of all litigants.’
    • ‘I was unable to obtain a lawyer in these matters because Legal Aid does not provide legal aid to litigants who are in civil matters.’
    • ‘Here the objective is to facilitate access to justice for litigants who have suffered loss in large-scale international accidents.’
    • ‘Thus, the more restrictive provisions as to solicitor litigants in person were applicable.’
    • ‘I understand the frustration felt by many litigants in family law proceedings.’
    • ‘It will merely deny access to justice to the most deserving of all litigants - the reluctant claimant.’
    litigator, opponent in law, opponent, contestant, contender, disputant, plaintiff, claimant, complainant, petitioner, appellant, respondent, party, interest, defendant, accused
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  • postpositive Involved in a lawsuit.

    ‘the parties litigant’


Mid 17th century: from French, from Latin litigant- ‘carrying on a lawsuit’, from the verb litigare (see litigate).