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petition

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noun pe·ti·tion \pə-ˈti-shən\

Definition of petition

  1. 1 :  an earnest request :  entreaty

  2. 2 a :  a formal written request made to an official person or organized body (as a court) b :  a document embodying such a formal written request

  3. 3 :  something asked or requested

petitionary

play \-ˈti-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective


Examples of petition in a sentence

  1. They collected 2,000 signatures on a petition demanding that women be allowed to join the club.

  2. Would you like to sign our petition?

  3. We presented a petition to the legislature to change the law.

  4. She filed a petition for divorce.

  5. We ask you to hear our petition.



Origin and Etymology of petition

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin petition-, petitio, from petere to seek, request — more at feather


First Known Use: 14th century


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petition

verb pe·ti·tion

Simple Definition of petition

  • : to ask (a person, group, or organization) for something in a formal way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of petition

petitioned

petitioning

play \-ˈti-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a request to :  solicit

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a request; especially :  to make a formal written request

petitioner

play \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of petition in a sentence

  1. The organization petitioned the government to investigate the issue.

  2. All people had the right to petition the king for help.

  3. She petitioned to join their club.



1607

First Known Use of petition

1607


PETITION Defined for Kids

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petition

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noun pe·ti·tion \pə-ˈti-shən\

Definition of petition for Students

  1. 1 :  an earnest appeal

  2. 2 :  a formal written request made to an authority




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petition

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verb pe·ti·tion

Definition of petition for Students

petitioned

petitioning

  1. :  to make an often formal request to or for

petitioner

noun



Law Dictionary

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petition

noun pe·ti·tion

Legal Definition of petition

  1. 1 :  a formal written request made to an official person or body (as a court or board) <a petition for equitable relief> <the creditor filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy>

  2. 2 :  a document embodying a formal written request




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petition

transitive verb pe·ti·tion

Legal Definition of petition

  1. :  to direct a petition to <petition the court>

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to make a petition <petition for relief>

petitioner

noun




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