Definition of litigious in English:



  • 1Unreasonably prone to go to law to settle disputes.

    • ‘All electronic communication, regardless of the medium, is now potential evidentiary fact in our litigious society.’
    • ‘In fact, this kind of construction will draw a massive legal reaction from ever litigious New Yorkers.’
    • ‘Across the area, event organisers are having to face the consequences of an increasingly litigious society.’
    • ‘Local landowners are well aware of their rights over land and highly litigious when they are aggrieved.’
    • ‘Though Americans are notoriously litigious, the plague of lawsuits is largely a myth.’
    • ‘But some clowns are concerned about the legal risks of throwing custard pies, what with society becoming more litigious.’
    • ‘Our increasingly litigious society could also have serious consequences for dog owners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We know that we are a highly litigious nation.’
    • ‘Two related factors are our litigious natures and greed for easy money.’
    • ‘Ireland might hold the unenviable title of being the most litigious country in the world.’
    • ‘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 the by, I have often wondered why Bulgarian society is not more litigious.’
    • ‘But also a long-term cultural shift towards a more litigious society.’
    • ‘By January, because of our increasingly litigious society, that had increased to almost £20,000.’
    • ‘On the subject of suing, does he think the media culture today is becoming overly litigious?’
    • ‘I've never considered a contract, but I don't live in a hugely litigious society.’
    • ‘Englishmen were notoriously litigious, but that represented a willingness to submit to the arbitration of the king's courts.’
    • ‘The NFL is the most litigious league of all the professional sports.’
    • ‘Is this person likely to be litigious and bring lawsuits crashing down on the company?’
    quarrelsome, disputatious, bickering, wrangling, captious, contrary, cantankerous, contentious, litigious, dissentient, polemical
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    1. 1.1Concerned 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inevitably, we must await judicial clarification of such words as purports to confer a benefit, but clearly there is room for litigious dispute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His litigious and tumultuous year away from football is also a concern.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Suitable to become the subject of a lawsuit.


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