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appeal

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noun ap·peal \ə-ˈpēl\

Simple Definition of appeal

  • : a quality that causes people to like someone or something

  • : a serious request for help, support, etc.

  • : an attempt to make someone do or accept something as right or proper by saying things that are directed at a person's feelings, attitudes, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of appeal

  1. 1 :  a legal proceeding by which a case is brought before a higher court for review of the decision of a lower court

  2. 2 :  a criminal accusation

  3. 3 a :  an application (as to a recognized authority) for corroboration, vindication, or decision b :  an earnest plea :  entreaty <an appeal for help> c :  an organized request for donations <the annual appeal>

  4. 4 :  the power of arousing a sympathetic response :  attraction <movies had a great appeal for him>

Examples of appeal in a sentence

  1. Her jokes are quickly losing their appeal.

  2. the wide appeal of the artist's work

  3. His appeals to his father for money were ignored.

  4. The mayor made an appeal to the people of the city to stay calm.

  5. We made a donation during the school's annual appeal.

  6. She helped to organize an appeal on behalf of the homeless.

  7. My lawyer said the court's decision wasn't correct and that we should file for an appeal.



Origin of appeal

Middle English appel, from Anglo-French apel, from apeler


First Known Use: 13th century


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appeal

verb ap·peal

Simple Definition of appeal

  • : to be liked by someone : to be pleasing or attractive to someone

  • : to ask for something (such as help or support) in a serious way

  • : to try to make someone do or accept something as right or proper by saying things that are directed at a person's feelings, attitudes, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of appeal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to charge with a crime :  accuse

  3. 2 :  to take proceedings to have (a lower court's decision) reviewed in a higher court

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review

  6. 2 :  to call upon another for corroboration, vindication, or decision

  7. 3 :  to make an earnest request <appealed to them for help>

  8. 4 :  to arouse a sympathetic response <that idea appeals to him>

appealabilityplay \-ˌpē-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
appealable play \-ˈpē-lə-bəl\ adjective
appealer noun

Examples of appeal in a sentence

  1. music that appeals to a wide variety of people

  2. The government appealed for calm.

  3. desperate people who are appealing for help

  4. The government appealed to the people to stay calm.

  5. He appealed, arguing that there was not enough evidence to convict him.

  6. She lost the case and appealed the following month.

  7. We plan to appeal the court's decision.

  8. The ruling can be appealed within 30 days.



Origin of appeal

Middle English appelen to accuse, appeal, from Anglo-French apeler, literally, to call, summon, from Latin appellare, from appellere to drive to, from ad- + pellere to drive — more at felt


First Known Use: 14th century



APPEAL Defined for Kids

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appeal

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noun ap·peal \ə-ˈpēl\

Definition of appeal for Students

  1. 1 :  the power to cause enjoyment :  attraction <the appeal of music>

  2. 2 :  the act of asking for something badly needed or wanted :  plea <an appeal for funds>

  3. 3 :  a legal action by which a case is brought to a higher court for review




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appeal

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verb ap·peal

Definition of appeal for Students

appealedappealing

  1. 1 :  to be pleasing or attractive <… the thought of eating raw fish didn't appeal to me. — Theodore Taylor, The Cay>

  2. 2 :  to ask for something badly needed or wanted <They appealed to the boss for more money.>

  3. 3 :  to take action to have a case or decision reviewed by a higher court




Law Dictionary

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appeal

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noun ap·peal \ə-ˈpēl\

Legal Definition of appeal

  1. :  a proceeding in which a case is brought before a higher court for review of a lower court's judgment for the purpose of convincing the higher court that the lower court's judgment was incorrect; also :  a proceeding for the review of an agency decision at a higher level within the agency or in a court — see also affirm — compare certiorari, new trial, rehearing

appealability \ə-ˌpē-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun
appealable \ə-ˈpē-lə-bəl\ play adjective


Additional Notes on appeal

The scope of an appeal is limited. The higher court will review only matters that were objected to or argued in the lower court during the trial. No new evidence can be presented on appeal.

Origin of appeal

Old French apel, from apeler to call, accuse, appeal, from Latin appellare


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appeal

transitive verb ap·peal

Legal Definition of appeal

  1. :  to take (a lower court's decision) before a higher court for review :  undertake an appeal of (a case)

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review





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