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 The announcement in Florida is the latest push from the Trump administration to boost its environmental credentials in recent weeks, with a special appeal to key swing states, such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "In swing-state Florida, Trump officials tout plan to keep plastics out of oceans," 19 Oct. 2020 For small private colleges without a national appeal, the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing enrollment issues, Osborn said. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "In ‘exceptional’ break with trend, McDaniel College enrollment grows to record levels despite COVID-19," 19 Oct. 2020 Land Rover has a few SUVs in its lineup with similar exterior dimensions and prices, Rechtin said, but the brand manages to make each one appeal to a different sort of customer. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Back after 20 years, the Land Rover Defender is named MotorTrend SUV of the Year," 19 Oct. 2020 Some white feminists did, but by and large that appeal fell flat. Nelson George Photographs By John Edmonds, New York Times, "Angela Davis," 19 Oct. 2020 With the November election just a little over two weeks away, President Trump and the campaign of Democratic rival Joe Biden are heading to key swing states on Monday to make a final appeal to voters. Megan Henney, Fox News, "Trump traveling to Arizona as Harris stumps in Florida," 19 Oct. 2020 The rapid approval is part of the FDA’s Emergency Investigational New Drug appeal process, by which physicians can apply to fast-track promising treatments through an otherwise time-consuming and lengthy approval process. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "FDA approves new COVID-19 drug treatment from Austin," 19 Oct. 2020 Curb appeal and name cachet aside, the case for buying a six-figure version of Chevrolet's and GMC's very similar SUVs is pretty thin. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV Goes Big on High-Tech Luxury," 19 Oct. 2020 The two American men accused of orchestrating the former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Tokyo are making a last-ditch appeal to the Trump administration to avoid being sent to face trial in Japan. David Yaffe-bellany, Bloomberg.com, "Ghosn’s Alleged Escape Accomplices Ramp Up Lobbying Campaign," 18 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The University of Northern Iowa supports shared governance, as well as our students’ right to appeal. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "Anti-abortion group fighting back after university senators say their opinions are 'hateful,' not 'equal'," 20 Oct. 2020 Steiger has the right to appeal the decision, the letter said. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "State AG fires investigator accused of 'disrespectful' conduct over waitress's Black Lives Matter pin," 10 Oct. 2020 These galleries are full of things that are meant to delight, to appeal to aesthetic receptors independent of politics. Washington Post, "I returned to the National Gallery seeking comfort. But art no longer feels like an escape.," 7 Oct. 2020 This leads me to wonder whether Republicans are more eager to change their names in order to appeal to their core constituents. Nina Davuluri, refinery29.com, "Why Seeing Kamala Devi Harris On The Debate Stage Makes Me Feel Like I Belong," 7 Oct. 2020 Now, the decision is up to Glazer, although both parties will have a right to appeal. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Pence and Harris camps still negotiating venue measures ahead of debate," 6 Oct. 2020 In addition to bringing back the baskets, Longaberger now offers a variety of home décor, kitchen, and lifestyle products like tableware and cushions in order to appeal to a broader demographic. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Picnic fever is surging. A decades-old basket brand thinks it can make a comeback," 29 Aug. 2020 Morgan said white suffrage leaders often discriminated against Black women in order to appeal to white Southerners. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "'Black history is American history': How Black Hoosiers contributed to suffrage movement," 27 Aug. 2020 Some of the rappers, like Sukihana, have children and can be relatable to listeners with similar experiences, while others like Megan Thee Stallion might appeal to people with different stories. Eli Countryman, chicagotribune.com, "Cardi B is over being pitted against other female artists: ‘Why does it even have to be like that?’," 7 Aug. 2020

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

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appeal. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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