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 \ -​ˌpē-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce appealability (audio) \ noun
appealable \ -​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

The strong words from the FDA and ACOG have not dimmed the appeal, or the big business, of these treatments. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 After three rounds of appeals, the insurance company agreed to pay for Sawyer’s treatments, though Dr. Carrasco still has to do peer-to-peer conferences to get each treatment covered. Erin Quinn-kong, Good Housekeeping, "Their Son Tested Positive for Strep Throat. Then Came the Severe OCD, Anxiety, and Hallucinations.," 2 Jan. 2019 Many direct flights add to the appeal, as does the new Silversands, a sleek, ultra modern resort (a rarity here) with 43 spacious suites—the smallest one 721 square feet—and the longest in infinity pool in the Caribbean. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The Good: Random encounters are revitalized with mini-game appeal, visible monsters, improved experience grind. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 The appeal: Artful Anglophilia, relatively affordable for the area. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 The Supreme Court later declined to hear an appeal, effectively maintaining the status quo for how the FDA should provide access to experimental drugs. Lev Facher, STAT, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s pick for court, has left trail of opinions on health care and pharma issues," 10 July 2018 Okay, so then, what about movies with male leads, that appeal to men, but still fit within our aforementioned standard (comedic movie, romance at core, happy ending)? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "So, What Exactly Is a Rom-Com Actually?," 13 Feb. 2019 Gender being a spectrum, the complexity of the aesthetic has understandable appeal. Carmen Maria Machado, Vogue, "A New Generation is Taking on L.A.’s Latinx Beauty Rituals," 13 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a year of back-to-back work trips, there was something appealing about powering down my brain. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Here’s more information on how to appeal an insurance claim. 7. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 Others aim to help people appeal against parking tickets or draw up rental leases without incurring legal expenses. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 Purdue was in the process of appealing that decision when STAT and ProPublica on Thursday jointly published the deposition. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Purdue Family Member Sought to Avoid Comparison of OxyContin to Morphine, Documents Show," 22 Feb. 2019 Assistant Bishop Richard Appleby has 28 days to appeal the decision by the Professional Standards Board of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to strip him of all roles in the church other than parishioner. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australian Anglican set to be defrocked over abuse inaction," 19 Feb. 2019 Flyers Rights President Paul Hudson told The Washington Post his group would likely appeal the decision. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FAA Says It Won't Regulate Seat Size Or Legroom Despite Consumer Safety Concerns," 5 July 2018 Dotcom's attorney, Ira Rothken, told Reuters via email that his client would appeal the decision in the Supreme Court. NBC News, "New Zealand court says Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to U.S.," 5 July 2018 MedStar Union Memorial was given 45 days from the initial survey to appeal the decision before a full denial is made. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "MedStar Union Memorial fails preliminary accreditation due to problems with its inpatient dialysis center," 3 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 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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