Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Law Dictionary

petitory

adjective pet·i·to·ry \ˈpe-tə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of petitory

  1. :  made under admiralty or civil law to establish a right to ownership rather than to possession of property <a petitory action>



Origin and Etymology of petitory

Latin petitorius of a claim to ownership, from petere to go to or toward, seek, request


Learn More about petitory


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up petitory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).