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v. lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing, lit·i·gates
To prosecute or defend (a lawsuit or legal action); pursue (a legal case).
To bring a lawsuit or defend against a lawsuit in court.

[Latin lītigāre, lītigāt- : līs, līt-, lawsuit + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

lit′i·ga·ble (-gə-bəl) adj.
lit′i·ga′tion n.
lit′i·ga′tor n.


(ˈlɪt ɪˌgeɪ tər)
a person who litigates.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.litigator - (law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation; "plaintiffs and defendants are both litigants"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
defendant, suspect - a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
appellant, plaintiff in error - the party who appeals a decision of a lower court
filer - a party who files a notice with a law court
party - a person involved in legal proceedings; "the party of the first part"
complainant, plaintiff - a person who brings an action in a court of law
prevailing party - the party in a lawsuit who obtains a judgment in their own favor


[ˈlɪtɪgeɪtəʳ] N (= litigant) → litigante mf; (= lawyer) → abogado/a m/f litigante


n (Jur) → Prozessanwalt m/-anwältin f
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