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

An article on Friday about a federal appeals court’s decision in a case regarding California’s royalty laws described incorrectly a provision involving a 90-day grace period. New York Times, "Corrections: July 14, 2018," 13 July 2018 An appeals court in Argentina and Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice recently rejected Mr. Donziger’s petitions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Steven Donziger Gets His Due," 13 July 2018 Now a state appeals court has ordered the money be used for its original intent: to help homeowners who suffered foreclosures. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners," 12 July 2018 Some legal experts believe the government could have a hard time convincing the appeals court to overturn Leon’s ruling. Marcy Gordon, BostonGlobe.com, "Department of Justice appeals ruling that allowed AT&T-Time Warner merger," 12 July 2018 Most speculation is that one of four appeals court judges -- Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman – will be the selection. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Mainstream media will pile on 'conservative' label to Trump's Supreme Court pick, study shows," 10 July 2018 Launched in the mid-1990s, the Vernon curfew was found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in 2003. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Residents Rail Against Proposed Curfew," 10 July 2018 The full appeals court intervened and overturned his ruling. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? The Yale Grad Is Trump's Second Supreme Court Pick," 10 July 2018 Last month, an Illinois appeals court upheld a lower court ruling ordering the documents released. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The boot’s sleek, slim look is designed to appeal to a younger, more fashion-focused hiker, though we were struck by how comfortable the shoe looks, with its socklike cuff and ventilated panels along the sides. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Impressions: The North Face’s 2019 Gear," 11 July 2018 MANETs will also appeal to some groups of civilians. The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 Kim, a Korean immigrant and former and former Assemblywoman, could appeal to groups that typically favor Democrats. Terence Burlij, CNN, "CNN House Key Races: 4 races move toward Democrats, 3 toward Republicans," 12 June 2018 No matter the outcome of the AT&T case, meanwhile, either side could appeal. Anchorage Daily News, "The Web as you know it may soon be altered," 11 June 2018 Higgins, who had been reporting problems in the VA since he was hired in 2007, was fired from his position for the third time in June 2017, and is appealing the firing, WREG-TV in Memphis reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Democrat's 'Purple Heart' remark at Strzok hearing spurs veterans to plan protest march," 14 July 2018 It’s hard to beat the price, but for content with commercials, Vudu’s appeal depends on your tolerance for interruptions. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 The Vietnamese Communist party’s ability to retain power at the same time as freeing markets must appeal to Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, who has vowed to improve his country’s economy. The Economist, "Is North Korea the next Vietnam? Don’t count on it," 12 July 2018 That allegation wasn’t substantiated, but a new investigation was opened after the man who made the allegation appealed the finding. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "California lawmaker reprimanded for ‘locker-room talk’," 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

Noun

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

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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

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