• WordNet 3.6
    • v litigate institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against "He was warned that the district attorney would process him","She actioned the company for discrimination"
    • v litigate engage in legal proceedings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Litigate To carry on a suit by judicial process.
    • v. t Litigate To make the subject of a lawsuit; to contest in law; to prosecute or defend by pleadings, exhibition of evidence, and judicial debate in a court; as, to litigate a cause.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • litigate To carry on a suit by judicial process.
    • litigate To make the subject of a suit at law; bring before a court of law for decision; prosecute or defend at law, as a right or claim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Litigate lit′i-gāt to contest in law
    • v.i Litigate to carry on a lawsuit
    • n Litigate a person engaged in a lawsuit
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Litigation


In literature:

A trial was proceeding, the result of which seemed to turn on the knighthood of one of the litigants.
"Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2" by J. Endell Tyler
The settlement had consisted of paying both litigants the full value of the building; this came to fifty million stellies apiece.
"A Slave is a Slave" by Henry Beam Piper
Lord Lovat began his season of prosperity by litigations, which lasted between twelve and fourteen years.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Litigation at Rome was connected with disputes with the Chancellor of the Cathedral.
"Life in the Medieval University" by Robert S. Rait
After four or five years of expensive litigation we gave up.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
After long litigation she and her children were declared free.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
He took proceedings against Pope's publisher, but what came of the litigation I cannot say.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
When no obscure litigant could sue a member of the Family Compact with any assurance of obtaining his rights!
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
It is an undue encouragement to litigation.
"An Essay on Professional Ethics" by George Sharswood
The fact is I'm in for litigation.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 28, 1914" by Various
Men and women alike find exaggerated enjoyment in litigation, which many keep up for years.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The subject of litigation is supposed to be in Court.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
Never stir up litigation.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
It has been suggested that the courts, and not the litigants, should employ the geologists.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The long litigation, however, exhausted his fortune, and he again found himself a ruined man.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
He explained to Phil that he hoped to adjust the Sycamore's affairs without litigation.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Litigation was threatened in Tennessee.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Persons subject to a mania for litigation offend statesmen and others.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
If the testimony was equal for each side, then the litigants were reconciled.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Then a remnant of my former fortune which had been in litigation was settled in my favour, and I had a little ready money.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous

In news:

Getting a satisfactory resolution is everyone's goal in civil litigation.
I am a litigator at Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo LLP (KDVG), where I represent management and companies in employment defense matters.
Anderson Valley, Complex commercial litigation, Kenneth F Neuman, Leif K Anderson, Neuman Anderson P.C.
The zeal of litigation and the slow slog of civil justice.
Kelley won't disclose details of settlement despite litigant 's offer.
Due primarily to the high cost of electronic discovery, delay in reaching a final resolution and uncertainty as to the outcome, there is a consensus that civil litigation must be reformed.
Litigant explains why he brought Pledge suit.
Don't Use the Obamacare Fight to Re- Litigate the New Deal.
However, after being back in private practice for nearly six years, I have come to realize that there is a more efficient, inexpensive and people-friendly system of resolving disputes than traditional litigation .
Lawyer on base is Marine Corps' ' Litigator of the Year'.
Until I retired at the end of 2003, I had spent my entire legal career at Baker & McKenzie, where eventually I became co-head of the litigation group in the New York office.
BP and the private plaintiffs in the massive Gulf oil spill litigation have reached a settlement that BP estimates will cost $7.8 billion.
Liquid Litigation Management, Inc has named Kellie Tye, CLA as its Texas Account Executive .
A long-standing legal battle between a property owner, Salt Lake City and the Town of Alta over water service is entering a new round of litigation.
Bunker Road, litigation points inaccurate.