ap·​pel·​lant | \ ə-ˈpe-lənt How to pronounce appellant (audio) \

Definition of appellant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to an appeal : appellate an appellant court



Definition of appellant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that appeals specifically : one that appeals from a judicial decision or decree

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The appellant plead guilty to having perpetrated a criminal act. NBC News, "Suspect in Maryland newspaper shooting had sued Capital Gazette for defamation," 29 June 2018 But the federal court system in Alaska on Oct. 1 revised its restraint procedures following the appellant court's decision, Tilton points out. Alex Demarban, Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaska prisoners sue state over practice of shackling pretrial inmates together in groups," 31 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Among other issues, appellants complained that scoring rules were inconsistent and confusing. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford police union questions sergeants’ test results," 7 Aug. 2019 The appellants took issue with sections of the city’s municipal code that stipulate which findings allow for the approval of tree removal permits. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Neighbors appeal to City Hall to spare 2 Flintridge Avenue oaks," 1 Aug. 2019 What appellants actually seek is recognition of a novel right to exclude transgender people from common areas of restrooms and locker rooms., "Oregon school district’s restroom policy for transgender students goes before 9th Circuit," 11 July 2019 According to Ann James, director of Miami’s Office of Community Standards, the appeal process is done entirely in writing, meaning the appellant, in this case, Delta Tau Delta, does not have to appear in person for a hearing. Rachel Berry,, "Report: Butler County prosecutor considering charges against Miami students," 19 June 2019 The appellant wanted equal coverage of his side of the story., "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 29 June 2018 In paperwork filed April 11-16 with the state, various appellants argue that the Coastal Commission should consider how the project could impact people's ability to visit the beach or enjoy a drive along the historic coastal route. Barbara Henry,, "Leucadia 'streetscape' opponents appeal City Council's decision to state Coastal Commission," 20 Apr. 2018 The appellant wanted equal coverage of his side of the story., "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 29 June 2018 The appellant wanted equal coverage of his side of the story., "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 29 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of appellant

law : someone who requests that a higher court review and change the decision of a lower court : someone who appeals a decision


ap·​pel·​lant | \ ə-ˈpe-lənt\

Legal Definition of appellant

: a person or party who appeals a court's judgment — compare appellee

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