2. [syn: contentious, combative, disputatious, disputative, litigious]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Litigious \Li*ti"gious\, a. [L. litigiosus, fr. litigium
dispute, quarrel, fr. litigare: cf. F. litigieux. See
1. Inclined to initiate lawsuits; given to the practice of
contending in law; fond of litigation. " A pettifogging
attorney or a litigious client." --Macaulay.
Soldiers find wars, and lawyers find out still
Litigious men, who quarrels move. --Donne.
2. Hence: Quarrelsome; contentious; argumentative.
3. Subject to contention; disputable; controvertible;
debatable; doubtful; precarious. --Shak.
No fences, parted fields, nor marks, nor bounds,
Distinguished acres of litigious grounds. --Dryden.
4. Of or pertaining to legal disputes.
Nor brothers cite to the litigious bar. --Young.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of or relating to litigation
2: 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" [syn: contentious, combative,
disputatious, disputative, litigious]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
37 Moby Thesaurus words for "litigious":
actionable, aggressive, argumental, argumentative, bellicose,
belligerent, bickering, cat-and-dog, cat-and-doggish, causidical,
combative, contentious, controversial, dialectic, disputatious,
divisive, eristic, factional, factious, ill-humored, irascible,
irritable, litigable, litigant, litigatory, logomachic, partisan,
pilpulistic, polarizing, polemic, polemical, pro and con,
pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, shrewish, wrangling
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
LITIGIOUS. That which is the subject of a suit or action; that which is
contested in a court of justice. In another sense, litigious signifies a
disposition to sue; a fondness for litigation.