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

But for a real customer, the wealth of options is another part of the appeal. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Everyone Love the Porsche 911?," 21 Dec. 2018 But visitors can still get a taste of the town’s appeal. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 The state’s Democratic attorney general, Jim Hood, filed a notice of appeal Monday in support of a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi appeal seeks to revive 15-week abortion ban," 17 Dec. 2018 Much of the appeal is the fact that the game’s characters span video game history, from the iconic to the obscure. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the complete package," 6 Dec. 2018 Gaming is an extremely social activity, and that applies even to single-player games, where sharing parallel, contemporary play experiences with others can be a huge part of the appeal. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Observations and lessons from two decades of writing about video games," 25 Nov. 2018 Part of the appeal of the Valisette is the unexpected yoking of elegance and an industrial touch. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Susan Szatmáry Rolls Into the Accessories Market With a Wheeled “Valisette” Bag Packed With Wow Factor," 23 Nov. 2018 Part of the appeal here is the pickup and delivery service (plus assembly/disassembly when applicable), offered at $35 for small items and up to $119 for extra-large items like wardrobes and bedroom sets. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best apps and sites for selling used home goods," 8 Nov. 2018 Part of the appeal of Pineapple House and its grounds is the privacy. Jessica Mischner, House Beautiful, "Hand-Painted Wallpaper Makes This Alabama House Simply Stunning," 6 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Raza is so winningly appealing that the show can feel like a fantasy of assimilation; his parents are fun and chill; his little brother the smartest kid in his school. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 There are a lot of appealing benefits to purchasing a prefab home. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 As the holiday season rapidly approaches and temperatures begin to drop below freezing, Netflix marathons are going to be the only activity that seems appealing on the weekends. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Coming to Netflix this December," 21 Nov. 2018 Finally, Button believes the eco-friendly angle increasingly appeals to consumers. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 There's also a geologic diversity to the Jezereo that is appealing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Settles on a Landing Site for Its Mars 2020 Rover," 19 Nov. 2018 Conroy appealed personally to the MSFC’s Director, space scientist Wernher von Braun. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 Swartz’s confidently calm demeanor and obvious talent appealed to Williams, and an internship was offered. Steven Stolman, ELLE Decor, "How Elizabeth Swartz Rose From Intern to Partner at Bunny Williams," 14 Aug. 2018 The county is appealing the judgment to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Judge turns down Harford's request to waive bond in $45 million rubblefill judgment appeal," 12 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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