appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ə-ˈpēl \

Definition of appeal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : 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 fundraising appeal

3 : the power of arousing a sympathetic response : attraction Movies had a great appeal for him.

4 law : a criminal accusation

appeal

verb
appealed; appealing; appeals

Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to arouse a sympathetic response an idea that appeals to him

2 : to make an earnest request We appealed to them for help.

3 law : to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review

4 : to call upon another for corroboration, vindication, or decision

transitive verb

1 law : to take proceedings to have (a lower court's decision) reviewed in a higher court

2 law : to charge with a crime : accuse

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Other Words from appeal

Verb

appealability \ -​ˌpē-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
appealable \ -​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl \ adjective
appealer noun

Examples of appeal in a Sentence

Noun

Her jokes are quickly losing their appeal. the wide appeal of the artist's work His appeals to his father for money were ignored. The mayor made an appeal to the people of the city to stay calm. We made a donation during the school's annual appeal. She helped to organize an appeal on behalf of the homeless. My lawyer said the court's decision wasn't correct and that we should file for an appeal.

Verb

music that appeals to a wide variety of people The government appealed for calm. desperate people who are appealing for help The government appealed to the people to stay calm. He appealed, arguing that there was not enough evidence to convict him. She lost the case and appealed the following month. We plan to appeal the court's decision. The ruling can be appealed within 30 days.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meantime, not many U.K. companies seem likely to hold much appeal for Chinese investors. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "London Comes Off Second Best in This New Chinese Connection," 15 Nov. 2018 But credit cards can have appeal for their ability to help build credit, along with the allure of getting something for nothing with rewards cards. Gregory Karp, The Seattle Times, "A cheapskate’s guide to shopping for credit cards," 16 Oct. 2018 He was nominated to the D.C. appeals court by Bush in 2003. Debbie Lord, ajc, "Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court?," 9 July 2018 Dolla’s collaborative appeal lies partly in his ability to sense what the lead artist is missing—or what his fellow featured artists won’t bring—and sprinkle that element throughout the song liberally. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 But if the local taxi industry wants to achieve mass appeal in this new world, nothing short of radical change will do. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lyft and Uber serve low-income communities better than taxis, says study," 2 July 2018 Spain had a huge penalty appeal turned down by VAR despite Pique's shirt seeming to be held. Sean Drury, Pro Soccer USA, "Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 pens): Hosts shock La Roja in PKs after dogged defensive display," 1 July 2018 The speakers include Patrick Prieb, director of the VA’s Regional Office in San Diego, who will give us updates on the many changes, including a new secretary of the VA, and improvements in appeals processing. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of Amer. Revolution recruit," 29 June 2018 The high court's decision to not hear the commissioners' appeal leaves in place a 2017 ruling by the full 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Rowan County board won't be able to pray before meetings, as court lets ruling stand," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the siege dragged on, priest Raul Zamora spoke by phone to Nicaraguan radio appealing for help. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 Semi-respectable explanations are being floated for the Justice Department’s filing of a terse statement on Thursday appealing its loss in the antitrust case against the AT&T -Time Warner merger. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why an Antitrust Farce Must Continue," 13 July 2018 Having said that, the Justice Department’s decision to appeal its lost case against the merger feels like a waste of government time and money. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump Diplomacy, Wilbur Ross, China Surplus: CEO Daily for July 13, 2018," 13 July 2018 Singaporean star Han is one of the many Asian actors who populate the film, which is clearly fashioned to appeal as much to Chinese filmgoers as American ones, though their roles are largely peripheral. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Skyscraper’ delivers stunts, dumb summer fun," 12 July 2018 For the Syrian civilians, the Golan border area is an appealing draw as a de-facto buffer zone. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 In addition to the new finishes, Irwin said buyers are likely to find the neighborhood appealing. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "On the market: A change of plans for a flip in Glenside," 6 July 2018 Haiti, which is appealing the decision, is trying to rebuild its program virtually from scratch in a country where indoor facilities are limited and U.S. visas are hard to come by. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti hoped this competition would be its basketball comeback. Then came bad news," 5 July 2018 Audiences at times can be skeptical about Hollywood films that cast big Chinese stars, with the worry being that these actors are included to appeal to an international audience rather than to serve the story. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Director Will Never Make a Sequel to His Cult Classic 'Dodgeball'," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of appeal

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for appeal

Noun

Middle English appel, from Anglo-French apel, from apeler — see appeal entry 2

Verb

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

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appeal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of appeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

appeal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ə-ˈpēl \

Kids Definition of appeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the power to cause enjoyment : attraction the appeal of music

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

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

appeal

verb
appealed; appealing

Kids Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

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

appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ə-ˈpēl \

Legal Definition of appeal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Note: 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.

Other Words from appeal

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

Legal Definition of appeal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

intransitive verb

: to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review

History and Etymology for appeal

Noun

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

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