My days of decent knowledge of Latin are a little in the past since I passed my Latinum, and I am trying to get a good translation for what modern US courts call "vexatious litigant" into Latin for a little joke to a lawyer friend of mine - because illnesses have often Latin names and there's a lot of law-Latin around, just not the "vexatious litigant". I was planning to use this construction in combination with the imperative of abstain for the goal of "keep away the vexatious litigant".

The best translation for the word vexatious I could find is the root of it: vexatio, vexationis in its 4th meaning of "trouble, vexation".

Now Litigant also has a fitting Latin stem in litigere, litigo, in its 2nd meaning "to litigate/sue".

But here I get to the end of my Latin: How to properly combine the two to get the vexatious litigant?

  • Does "vexatious" have a specific legal meaning? I can think of plenty of Latin words for "annoying" etc, but I'm not sure if there's a specific connotation you need.
    – Draconis
    Feb 4 '20 at 23:56
  • the term "vexatious litigant" is a term of art and as such has a specific meaning, yes. Wikipedia has the california variant of the law explained. In canada the term is different but I fail to remember how.
    – Trish
    Feb 5 '20 at 0:03
  • @Draconis I don't think the term existed in roman time (roman-law) but legal-latin fits.
    – Trish
    Feb 5 '20 at 18:06

A litigand is litigator. For "vexatious" you could use vexabilis or vexativus (both exist according to Lewis&Short). So you could say litigator vexabilis or litigator vexativus.

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