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

Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived Thursday in Italy for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of Kercher, her roommate. Fox News, "Kercher lawyer: Knox presence at law panel "inappropriate"," 14 June 2019 This isn't the first time in recent memory that TripAdvisor has singled out Southern destinations for their vacation appeal. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "WATCH: TripAdvisor Says These Are the Perfect Southern Cities for Vacation Rentals," 14 June 2019 Amanda Knox is back in Italy for the first time since 2011, when she was freed from prison after an appeals court acquitted her of the 2007 slaying of her British roommate. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "Amanda Knox Is Back in Italy For First Time Since She Was Acquitted of Roommate's Murder in 2011," 13 June 2019 Even when confessions have turned out to be false, appeals courts have ruled that the other evidence is strong enough to support the conviction, Kassin says. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit," 13 June 2019 Another federal appeals court, in Richmond, Va., reached the same conclusion in a separate case in April. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Court says class-action suit over Facebook robocalls may move forward," 13 June 2019 Later that same day, the Supreme Court declines to hear his appeal. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 And in 2016 an appeals court ruled that LEGABIBO could register as a nonprofit. Cara Anna, chicagotribune.com, "Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case," 11 June 2019 But this argument was rejected by the appeals court, and Comcast didn't bother raising the First Amendment claim in its petition to the Supreme Court. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast’s fight against racial-bias lawsuit is taken up by Supreme Court," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The federal government is appealing the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Census test includes U.S. citizenship question on some forms," 17 June 2019 Many in Mexico think their best chance of curbing Mr Trump’s worst instincts is by persuading friends who can appeal to his self-interest. The Economist, "How Mexico and Canada are trying to bypass Donald Trump," 15 June 2019 Stay conventionally appealing in a patriarchal world. Jane Ratcliffe, Longreads, "‘Brokenness and Holiness Really Go Together’: Darcey Steinke on Menopause," 15 June 2019 The most likely explanation is that spending a few days in the company of a network anchorman appealed to the President’s vanity. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Stephanopoulos Interview Is Another Fine Mess for Trump," 15 June 2019 Khan joined police in appealing for information on the latest attacks. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Two teenagers die minutes apart during violent night in London," 15 June 2019 Much like Prohibition unintentionally gave rise to speakeasies, the idea of dedicated cannabis-friendly consumption lounges is appealing to some members of the community. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 For nearly an hour, residents — several wearing orange Benton Harbor Tiger apparel — went to the microphone, appealing for some compromise. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "Michigan Officials Say a Struggling School Should Close. Residents See Racism.," 15 June 2019 The state is appealing Acosta’s ruling and has urged the judge to place a hold on his order for a new trial. oregonlive.com, "State would object to dismissal of Frank Gable’s murder conviction but won’t oppose release to federal supervision or custody," 14 June 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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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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