litigious | litigiousness | litigation | litigate

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Meaning(s)

prone to engage in lawsuits

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litigious - combative

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Somebody or something ‘litigious’ have a tendency to sue people. This formal word implies that they do so to an excessive degree, which is why it is generally used to express disapproval. In fact, a litigious society can be greatly inhibiting and detrimental as it often leads to frivolous claims that nonetheless require a lot of time and money to resolve. The term is derived from ‘litigate’, meaning ‘to escalate a dispute to a court of law’.

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Synonyms disputatious,contentious
Antonyms compromising,compliant

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  1. I don’t care if people think I’m too litigious, I will take legal action against anyone who tries to slander my good name!

  2. That corporation has a reputation for litigiousness, so the newspaper’s lawyers review every article we print about them before publication.

  3. It’s not easy to run a business in such a litigious society as compensation claims can be frequent and ruinous.

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