One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Unreasonably prone to go to law to settle disputes.
quarrelsome, disputatious, bickering, wrangling, captious, contrary, cantankerous, contentious, dissentient, polemicalView synonyms
- ‘By the by, I have often wondered why Bulgarian society is not more litigious.’
- ‘In fact, this kind of construction will draw a massive legal reaction from ever litigious New Yorkers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Is this person likely to be litigious and bring lawsuits crashing down on the company?’
- ‘The NFL is the most litigious league of all the professional sports.’
- ‘Two related factors are our litigious natures and greed for easy money.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Our increasingly litigious society could also have serious consequences for dog owners.’
- ‘We know that we are a highly litigious nation.’
- ‘Local landowners are well aware of their rights over land and highly litigious when they are aggrieved.’
- ‘On the subject of suing, does he think the media culture today is becoming overly litigious?’
- ‘By January, because of our increasingly litigious society, that had increased to almost £20,000.’
- ‘Across the area, event organisers are having to face the consequences of an increasingly litigious society.’
- ‘Ireland might hold the unenviable title of being the most litigious country in the world.’
- ‘But some clowns are concerned about the legal risks of throwing custard pies, what with society becoming more litigious.’
- ‘All electronic communication, regardless of the medium, is now potential evidentiary fact in our litigious society.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Concerned with lawsuits or litigation.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Inevitably, we must await judicial clarification of such words as purports to confer a benefit, but clearly there is room for litigious dispute.’
- 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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