appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \

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

Other Words from appeal

Verb

appealability \ ə-​ˌpē-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce appeal (audio) \ noun
appealable \ ə-​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Icy treats have an appeal across the world that’s reflected in the Bay Area. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2022 Man Utd, however, has a much more global appeal and reflects the company’s desire to make Snapdragon a worldwide consumer tech ingredient brand, conceptually similar to what Intel did with its long-running Intel Inside campaign. Bob O'donnell, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The union has until Friday to file a response to the league’s appeal, but there is no deadline for Harvey to issue a ruling. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 While there may be scents that are more feminine or masculine than others, most of the blends ahead have a unisex appeal – making the list an opportunity for everyone to find their new fragrance match. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 3 Aug. 2022 Given the organization’s poor record at identifying and developing prospects, the idea of trading unicorn-like Ohtani for a package of wannabes has little appeal. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 And all the way at the bottom, perhaps a cave, the sort of place that, even on Earth, has an age-old appeal as a temporary shelter, even a home. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 But, as Star and Richman will tell you, this very gay show still has very universal appeal. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 29 July 2022 With a simple, minimalist white design, this eye-catching graphing calculator has a modern, smartphone-like appeal that sets it apart from the crowd. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though the former president can appeal the ruling, his efforts to quash the request have largely failed. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 Further, there is a procedure under § 501.807 to get delisted from the SDN list, but in this case, who exactly would appeal the designation? Hailey Lennon, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Meany can appeal his termination to the Police Merit Board, which rarely overturns firing decisions. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 9 Aug. 2022 The state government did not appeal that decision, leaving it to become final. Fabiano Maisonnave, ajc, 6 Aug. 2022 Moderate, reasoned, balanced approaches will appeal to the vast middle. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 If Robinson had found that Watson did not violate the personal conduct policy, there would have been no discipline and neither side could appeal. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Despite Robinson’s ruling, the NFL can appeal her decision. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 Alabamians can appeal their overpayment determinations, but because the state is behind on hearing appeals, many have been unable to contest the debts. al, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 apeel, appel, appele "accusation brought in court, challenge to trial by combat, legal application to a higher court," borrowed from Anglo-French appel, appell "call, summons, accusation of felony, legal application to a higher court," noun derivative of apeler, appeler "to call, summon, call before a court" — more at appeal entry 2

Verb

Middle English appelen, apelen "to call upon, accuse, make a charge against in court, challenge, apply to a higher court," borrowed from Anglo-French apeler, appeler "to call, summon, call before a court," borrowed from Latin appellāre "to speak to, address, apply to for support, refer to a higher authority, call upon, name, designate," from ap-, assimilated form of ad- ad- + -pellāre, first-conjugation verb formed from the base of pellere "to beat against, push, strike" — more at pulse entry 1

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“Appeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appeal. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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appeal

noun
ap·​peal | \ ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce appeal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce appeal (audio) \ noun
appealable \ ə-​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce appeal (audio) \ adjective

appeal

transitive verb

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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