Litigious Li*ti"gious, a. [L. litigiosus, fr. litigium dispute, quarrel, fr. litigare: cf. F. litigieux. See {Litigation}.] 1. Inclined to initiate lawsuits; given to the practice of contending in law; fond of litigation. `` A pettifogging attorney or a litigious client.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Soldiers find wars, and lawyers find out still Litigious men, who quarrels move. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Quarrelsome; contentious; argumentative. [1913 Webster]

3. Subject to contention; disputable; controvertible; debatable; doubtful; precarious. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

No fences, parted fields, nor marks, nor bounds, Distinguished acres of litigious grounds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Of or pertaining to legal disputes. [1913 Webster]

Nor brothers cite to the litigious bar. --Young. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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