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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Replacing her with Stefanik — and not a man — is seen as politically wise as the party tries to bolster its weak appeal among female voters. Alan Fram, ajc, "Liz Cheney clings to GOP post as Trump endorses replacement," 6 May 2021 Removing her without replacing her with another woman could be politically damaging for a party seeking to bolster its weak appeal among women voters. BostonGlobe.com, "Steve Scalise, No. 2 House Republican, backs Liz Cheney ouster over Trump opposition," 5 May 2021 Removing her without replacing her with another woman could be politically damaging for a party seeking to bolster its weak appeal among women voters. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "House GOP whip Steve Scalise calls for removal of Liz Cheney from leadership post, Trump to join him in backing Elise Stefanik for the job," 5 May 2021 Removing her without replacing her with another woman could be politically damaging for a party seeking to bolster its weak appeal among women voters. Lisa Mascaro And Alan Fram, USA TODAY, "No. 2 House Republican Steve Scalise throws support behind Elise Stefanik, calls for Liz Cheney ouster," 5 May 2021 The fact that none of it is true does not detract from the power of his appeal. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The GOP's devotion to Trump threatens to destroy American democracy," 4 May 2021 Unser appealed the charges, going all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States but the Court did not hear his appeal. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Bobby Unser, three-time Indy 500 champion, dies at 87: 'There was nobody like him'," 3 May 2021 BrewDog's beers are vegan and now officially B Corp certified, meaning that their appeal is wide. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, "BrewDog founders see ‘big gamble’ in global expansion plans—and they like it that way," 1 May 2021 Newcomers are eager to enjoy the outdoors and escape the expensive city life, which lost its appeal as entertainment and dining options closed. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Vaccine? Anyone?," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The dollar stores appeal strongly to that segment of the population. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Dollar stores make up almost half of all new stores opening this year," 6 May 2021 The passengers, whose names were not released, can appeal the fines to an administrative law judge for the National Transportation Safety Board. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Ruckus in the skies: What happens when airline passengers refuse to wear masks," 5 May 2021 Did those villains always appeal to you more than the heroes? Max Cea, Vulture, "Brett Gelman Is Ready to Play a Good Villain," 4 May 2021 An attorney can appeal the committee’s decision to the presiding disciplinary judge. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "The 'deeply flawed' protest case that won't go away: Prosecutor explains rationale for street gang charges," 3 May 2021 But singing about gun violence may not appeal to the bulk of your red state. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "Israel Nash Finds Inspiration in the Land on His Prog-Country New Album ‘Topaz’," 3 May 2021 If travel is out of the question, appeal to someone at the company who can help. Washington Post, "Need more time to use an airline ticket credit? Here’s how to get it.," 28 Apr. 2021 The Ohio Department of Health will not appeal a federal court ruling issued in December that found the state’s ban on birth certificate gender changes is unconstitutional. Brooke Sopelsa, NBC News, "Ohio to allow transgender people to change birth certificate gender," 28 Apr. 2021 Either party can appeal the regional director’s ruling to the NLRB in Washington, which can also order a new election. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Labor board: Union evidence in Bessemer Amazon vote ‘could be grounds for overturning election’," 28 Apr. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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