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 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland filed a notice of appeal Tuesday to ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals to look at a judge’s rejection of their claims. baltimoresun.com, "Maryland among states appealing rejection of tax overhaul lawsuit," 27 Nov. 2019 And in light of Dion's appeal of his 10-game suspension that ends after Friday's game, the Heat will have to maneuver somewhat gingerly going forward. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Does Justise Winslow start when again able?," 26 Nov. 2019 The bulk of Fyllo’s appeal is an online platform called CannaBrain: a detailed compendium, zip code by zip code, of the fractured U.S. legal landscape that enables automated compliance and advertising. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "This Startup Wants to Be the PayPal of Weed," 24 Nov. 2019 Many of those voters are Democrats, making Nevada’s contest a critical test of the candidates’ appeal among a group with rising political power in the party. Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway," 24 Nov. 2019 Much of Christie’s unwaning appeal relies on incongruity—maleficence emerging in the most genteel of contexts, like strychnine in the tea—whereas the Thrombeys make no pretense of decency. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Pastiche and Politics in “Knives Out”," 22 Nov. 2019 On Thursday, the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal with the the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — A federal judge late Wednesday halted the four scheduled federal executions, finding that Attorney General William Barr’s July proposal seeking to resume the death penalty after a 16-year moratorium appears to be at odds with federal law.," 22 Nov. 2019 Gard wasn't the only UW official displeased with the result of Potter's appeal. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW coach Greg Gard lashes out at the NCAA after it denies the final appeal of UW transfer Michael Potter," 21 Nov. 2019 Evans' exclusion of black jurors from Flowers' case was at the center of Flowers' appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. CBS News, "Lawsuit seeks to prevent prosecutor from keeping blacks off juries," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At that point, smart money would be on a return to New York, with Detroit likely to go to Michigan State or Illinois and a return to Santa Clara not appealing for the fan base, geographically. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Sweet music to IU football fans? Is bowl trip to Nashville in store for Hoosiers?," 30 Nov. 2019 Two federal courts have affirmed lawmakers’ right to enforce the subpoenas, and Trump has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Trump Tax Records Reveal New Inconsistencies — This Time for Trump Tower," 27 Nov. 2019 For Russell, though, what was appealing about the role of Zorri, beyond the sheer magnitude of the institution that is Star Wars—and the potential to impress her middle-schooler son—was that anonymity. Carrie Battan, Town & Country, "Keri Russell Is the Secret Force Behind Star Wars," 25 Nov. 2019 Comcast appealed the Ninth Circuit’s ruling to the Supreme Court, which held oral arguments on Nov. 13. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Former NBC Executive Reveals Comcast Failed To Help Minority-Owned TV Networks Succeed," 23 Nov. 2019 Remington then appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping the Justices would block the lawsuit from advancing. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "The Supreme Court Didn't Block Sandy Hook Families From Suing Gun Manufacturer," 12 Nov. 2019 The idea of giving educators the opportunity to build their own schools also appealed to Arizona’s libertarian political culture. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 Collins will appeal the suspension with help from the National Basketball Players Association, but cannot play until the situation is resolved. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "In trying time, Hawks coach has a friend in Pop," 6 Nov. 2019 The Liquid Surgery Serum appealed to her as it's spiked with a proprietary complex that contains synthetic perfluorocarbons, which help carry oxygen to skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Nam Vo Says This $1,750 "Liquid Surgery" Serum Is Worth the Hype," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of appeal was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Appeal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appeal. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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