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litigate

Syllabification: lit·i·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈlidəˌɡāt
 
/

Definition of litigate in English:

verb

[no object]
1Go to law; be a party to a lawsuit.
Example sentences
  • It is not an abuse of process merely to require a litigant to litigate in a tribunal of a Convention country if that tribunal in fact has jurisdiction under the convention.
  • One does not take away that choice by permitting, encouraging or preventing the exhortation of the citizen to litigate or not to litigate.
  • At the same time, the church has every incentive to litigate, because the litigation is cost-free.
1.1 [with object] Take (a claim or a dispute) to a court of law.
Example sentences
  • The bankruptcy does not affect his ability to litigate such claims.
  • The question of whether employees can sign away their rights to litigate wage claims collectively is not going away.
  • Their decision not to litigate the claim was deliberate.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin litigat- 'disputed in a lawsuit', from the verb litigare, from lis, lit- 'lawsuit'.

Derivatives

litigator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌɡātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • They are for the external direction of litigants and litigators.
  • In these battles where the government is on their side, public interest litigators for right-leaning organizations are hardly standing alone with a slingshot.
  • He is 45 and makes his living as a corporate litigator handling contracts and corporate shareholder disputes.

Words that rhyme with litigate

mitigate

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