• WordNet 3.6
    • adj litigious inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits "a style described as abrasive and contentious","a disputatious lawyer","a litigious and acrimonious spirit"
    • adj litigious of or relating to litigation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Litigious Inclined to initiate lawsuits; given to the practice of contending in law; fond of litigation. "A pettifogging attorney or a litigious client.""Soldiers find wars, and lawyers find out still Litigious men, who quarrels move."
    • Litigious Of or pertaining to legal disputes. "Nor brothers cite to the litigious bar."
    • Litigious Quarrelsome; contentious; argumentative.
    • Litigious Subject to contention; disputable; controvertible; debatable; doubtful; precarious. "No fences, parted fields, nor marks, nor bounds,
      Distinguished acres of litigious grounds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • litigious Inclined to litigate or go to law; given to the practice of bringing lawsuits; fond of litigation; contentious.
    • litigious Subject to or dependent upon legal contest; hence, disputable; controvertible; subject to contention: as, litigious right.
    • litigious Of or pertaining to litigation; relating to or connected with legal contention.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Litigious inclined to engage in lawsuits: subject to contention
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. litigiosus, fr. litigium, dispute, quarrel, fr. litigare,: cf. F. litigieux,. See Litigation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. litigāre, -ātumlis, litis, a strife, agĕre, to do.


In literature:

It was part of their policy to be litigious.
"Ginx's Baby" by Edward Jenkins
These people are said to be very litigious and obstinate: constant disputes are taking place respecting their lands.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
They kept on at me in an urgent litigious way.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
He was crafty and litigious.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
John Randel, Jr., had ruined a fine engineer, to become a litigious man all his life.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
He is vain, litigious, hard-hearted, and credulous; a liar, a drunkard, and a pauper.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Litigiousness got no play where courts did not exist, and perjury could not show itself where witnesses were not examined.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
An idle litigious 'longshorer, more given to question orders than to obey them.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But he was cross-grained, litigious, moody, and tyrannical.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Further, if it be litigious; it will never be out of court.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
But they are judges of the first instance for every kind of litigious or criminal cases.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493–1898, Volume XXXVI, 1649–1666" by Various
Her wayfaring ancestors and her litigious father had done well by Jean.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The mountaineer is not only a born fighter but he is also litigious by nature and tradition.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
He was inventive, combative, literary, mechanical, litigious.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
They are devices of my brother Carlo, a litigious fellow, who thinks that he is in the right here.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
And the phrase has a thin and legal and litigious flavour.
"The Salvaging Of Civilisation" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
When any litigious suits fell out, he would always stop them and prevent people's going to law.
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
The Abbe Gobelin, a litigious and covetous man, directed Madame de Maintenon only.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
We learn from it that our ancestors were not in the least litigious, and thieves were rare.
"An Introduction to the History of Japan" by Katsuro Hara
A great number of litigious suits.
"Legends of Loudoun" by Harrison Williams

In news:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is known to be quite litigious in protecting its Oscar rights.
The combustible encounter between a litigious society and a gung-ho police force has produced the seemingly inevitable: a how-to course by lawyers, for lawyers, on suing the New York Police Department.
In an increasingly litigious business environment, it's important for hotel owners and operators to keep tabs on the latest trends in hotel law.
Known as a swashbuckling, litigious tech titan, Silicon Valley's Larry Ellison has earned a kinder reputation on his recently purchased island of Lanai : He's the man who reopened the community pool.
World's most litigious man intervenes in Laurie Fine case.
Recreation Commission a " litigious nightmare".
The Litigious Mess of Special Education.
'The most litigious man in history'.
Attorneys Criticize Dunkin' Donuts' Litigious Behavior.
Litigious Judge's Future Unclear.
Plagiarism as the Metaphor for a Litigious Era.
Recreation Commission a "litigious nightmare".
There is a costly, unpleasant and litigious squabble stirred up by Fred Einspruch dealing with access and use of a portion of Viking Cove beach.
Can patient care still be your greatest concern, given today's litigious landscape.
Opponents contend the act would create a more litigious workplace.

In science:

This is a laudable aim, and in an increasingly litigious social and political environment, may be the only way to study large scale fire behaviour in the future, but this assumes that the physical model is complete, correct, validated and verified.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models

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