• WordNet 3.6
    • n litigation a legal proceeding in a court; a judicial contest to determine and enforce legal rights
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Litigation The act or process of litigating; a suit at law; a judicial contest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n litigation The act or process of litigating or carrying on a suit in a court of law or equity; a judicial contest.
    • n litigation Any dispute or discussion dependent upon evidence for decision.
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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
L. litigatio, fr. litigare, to dispute, litigate; lis, litis, dispute, lawsuit (OL. stlis,) + agere, to carry on. See Agent


In literature:

To be sure, a tendency to excessive litigation is occasionally met with in what appear to be normal people.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Much litigation took place during his abbacy.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
After years of litigation the courts, last spring, ordered the mansion sold.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
Their chamber practice is profitable to them, and beneficial to the community, as it prevents much tedious litigation.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
He sunk to a mere frequenter of brandy-shops, a promoter of unfair litigation, and an adviser of rogues and swindlers.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
War has been well styled 'the terrible litigation of nations.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
What can be the meaning of all this endless litigation?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
Threatened litigation would be long and expensive.
"To The Front" by Charles King
They go so far as to say that answers so given should not conclude the same court in a litigated case arising subsequently.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
There's only one thing that can mar its success, and that is litigation!
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Instead of stern justices growing fat on the fees of litigation, he would have peace-makers in every county.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
Litigation, a luxury, vii, 293.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
The result of this litigation was that the old man was reduced to extreme poverty, and was forced to sell his paternal house.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
So General James has discovered, examining ancient records of litigation.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The only thing certain about litigation is it's uncertainty.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
That was ten years ago and, with the litigation and all, the stock went down to nothing.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
He justifies litigation between men and war between nations.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
If he is half a man he will do what is right without any litigation.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
He was glad that, at any rate, the law put a stop to further litigation over Clark's Field.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
Elle peut concerner tout litige ou seulement les litiges d'une categorie determinee.
"International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)" by Lassa Francis Oppenheim

In news:

Reduce the risk of litigation and build confidence in data handling by becoming a privacy champion.
KGH approves settlement to drop hospital bed litigation.
"If there had not still been things out that are pending and litigation that is pending, the court could have declared what they want to put on the agenda item " said Kennedy.
The EPA and its eco-litigator friends are stooping to new lows to push their toxic agenda.
I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976, and I have been litigating ever since.
The Corporate Counsel and Commercial and Federal Litigation sections of the New York State Bar will hold a joint spring meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York the weekend of Friday-Sunday, May 13-15.
Legal teams look at 'margin of litigation'.
Todd Langel focuses his practice on agricultural law and litigation.
If you pay an employee severance, you risk having your severance fuel the litigation against your organization, unless you make a general release for the quid pro quo for the severance.
Ford Spark Plug Liability Litigation.
But many experts agree that concealing medical errors, being dishonest, or practicing overly defensive medicine isn't the way to thwart malpractice litigation.
But other litigation will delay a final decision on what will happen to the property.
A New Tool In Ponzi Scheme Litigation.
RIAA Decries Attorney-Blogger as ' Vexatious ' Litigator.
The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a " vexatious " litigator.