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petition

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noun pe·ti·tion \pə-ˈti-shən\

Simple Definition of petition

  • : a written document that many people sign to show that they want a person or organization to do or change something

  • : a formal written request made to an official person or organization

  • law : a formal written request to have a legal case decided by a court

Full 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

pe·ti·tion·ary play \-ˈti-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of petition

  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 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

Full Definition of petition

pe·ti·tionedpe·ti·tion·ing 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

pe·ti·tion·er play \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of petition

  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



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