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

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Other Words from appeal

Verb

appealability \ ə-​ˌpē-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce appealability (audio) \ noun
appealable \ ə-​ˈpē-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce appealable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Republican state Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned the court for the stay after an appeals court upheld a lower-court ruling last month that lifted restrictions on mail-in voting. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Texas justices block plan to allow people concerned about virus to vote by mail," 16 May 2020 The Texas Supreme Court last year ruled in favor of The News, unanimously reversing a judgment by a Fort Worth appeals court. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Pharmacy owners, marketers charged in alleged $14 million Dallas-area kickback scheme," 15 May 2020 The high court's decision upheld an appeals court ruling that had put a previous ruling on hold. Fox News, "Texas sees spike in coronavirus deaths as Supreme Court denies inmates' request for more protection," 15 May 2020 Motz, a Clinton appointee who has served on the appeals court since 1994, attempted to shoot down the Justice Department's arguments in a lengthy opinion reviving the controversial lawsuit. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Appeals court rules against Trump and greenlights emoluments lawsuit," 14 May 2020 But the 4th Circuit appeals court, based in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 9-6 that the separation of powers does not shield the president from complying with the law. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Federal appeals court allows emoluments suit against Trump to move forward," 14 May 2020 That suit, which was thrown out by a federal judge but revived by an appeals court last year, is scheduled to go to trial in June. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Campaign Sues New York Times Co. Over Russia Op-Ed," 13 May 2020 All that changed in 2017 when the federal appeals court reversed the lower court ruling affirming the jury verdict. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio must pay $2.2M in hotel tax battle," 12 May 2020 Such a vote would mean that the rulings of the previous appeals courts would remain in place. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Little Sisters of the Poor dragged back to the Supreme Court after nearly a decade of disputes," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Drawing on his WoW clout, Chan appealed to his guild buddies to sign up. Alexis Ong, Wired, "How Gamers Powered Super-Fast Internet Abroad," 14 May 2020 Dunn appealed to the state Supreme Court, arguing the lower court was wrong to combine the two challenges to his nominating petitions and, in the process, pile up the number of invalid signatures. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "State Supreme Court rules Corporation Commissioner Boyd Dunn can't appear on ballot," 13 May 2020 What appealed to you about setting your story in the world of the tech industry? Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "See the cover for this YA star's first adult romance Make Up Break Up," 13 May 2020 Paxton appealed that ruling last month and has now asked the state’s highest court to prevent local officials from allowing mail ballots for people whose only qualification for mail voting would be fear of exposure to the virus. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texas Attorney General asks Supreme Court to order election officials to reject mail ballots from people scared of catching COVID-19," 13 May 2020 But Rost and his lawyers appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the 6th Circuit went too far, defining gender as a personal disposition and not as a biological fact. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Aimee Stephens, transgender woman with case before Supreme Court, dies in Michigan," 12 May 2020 Secrets and deceptions of every kind, though, appealed to Philip. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 Oklahoma’s attorney general said the state planned to appeal a separate, similar decision affecting that state. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska puts abortions on list of medical procedures that should be delayed during coronavirus crisis," 8 Apr. 2020 And the implication throughout – that books are vitally important to the nation’s soul – will surely appeal to red and blue state readers alike. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Author in Chief’ finds the gold amid the dross of presidential memoirs," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appeal. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for appeal

appeal

noun
How to pronounce appeal (audio)

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