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

But government lawyers convinced a federal appeals court to drop a stay, clearing the way for the release. Ian James, azcentral, "He took down dams, freed wolves and preserved wildlands. Bruce Babbitt is still at work," 14 July 2019 In any meeting, the mention of Butch and Sundance invokes bromance incarnate and a movie, fingers crossed, with massive appeal. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ at 50: Is it a relic or a classic?," 11 July 2019 Mercifully, this decision was overturned by an appeals court, and the woman and her child were spared. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 King was nominated to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Texas lawyers argue for end of ObamaCare in case that could decide fate of health plan," 10 July 2019 The fate of the Affordable Care Act is again on the line Tuesday, as a federal appeals court in New Orleans takes up a case in which a lower court judge has already ruled the massive health law unconstitutional. Julie Rovner, Scientific American, "Federal Appeals Court Takes Up Case That Threatens Affordable Care Act," 9 July 2019 Once a surprise hit, the show is now valuable intellectual property whose kitschy, culturally literate aesthetic lends itself much more readily to brand tie-ins than the only other contemporary TV series with such wide appeal, Game of Thrones. Judy Berman, Time, "Season 3 of Stranger Things Proves It Isn't Really a TV Show Anymore—It's a Franchise," 30 June 2019 Backing by familiar corporations might also make Libra the first bitcoin-like currency with mass appeal. CBS News, "Meet Facebook's Libra, a digital currency for the social network," 18 June 2019 Facebook’s Libra, meanwhile, hopes to be the first Bitcoin-like currency with mass appeal, thanks to its backing by familiar corporations like Uber, Visa, and Mastercard. Barbara Ortutay, Fortune, "Twice Burned: Winklevoss Brothers Overshadowed by Zuckerberg Yet Again," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But prosecutors appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, which ruled in 2017 that the case could be heard in East Cleveland. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Trial for Cleveland police supervisors from ’137 shots’ case is culmination of years-long legal battle," 15 July 2019 Much like the president’s Fourth of July festivities, Cardin said, the order was meant to appeal to his base with little regard to taxpayer dollars. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "‘It’s time to move forward’: Maryland lawmakers react to Trump backing down from census citizenship question," 12 July 2019 His role as outspoken critic still appeals to his legions of online supporters. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "A porn star turned politician says the biggest porn stars are all in congress," 12 July 2019 According to Entertainment Weekly, the Skeleton is meant to appeal to kids and adults. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Masked Singer' Leaked Some of Its Season 2 Cast and People Already Have Theories," 10 July 2019 The program appealed to Tobias, a tech industry vet, but the $15,000 price tag did not. Natalie B. Compton, WIRED, "Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym," 10 July 2019 Metz appealed her sentence and wrote letters to politicians who might help commute it. Casey Parks, USA Today, "'You don't know what you did for me': Released from prison by Obama, now on the dean's list," 8 July 2019 K-Pop’s malleability can appeal to many different cultures at once. August Brown, Detroit Free Press, "K-Pop is storming U.S. record biz, but can it fully cross over?," 5 July 2019 Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, appealed to personal freedom to defend his platform’s decision to allow the microtargeting of false, incendiary information. Noam Cohen, The New Yorker, "Will California’s New Bot Law Strengthen Democracy?," 2 July 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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