ap·​pel·​late | \ ə-ˈpe-lət How to pronounce appellate (audio) \

Definition of appellate

: of, relating to, or recognizing appeals specifically : having the power to review the judgment of another tribunal an appellate court

Examples of appellate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only at the district court level but through the appellate court and also the U.S. Supreme Court, which said his sentence was appropriate. Fox News, "Trump's commutation of Blagojevich sentence sparks anger from Illinois House Republican leader," 19 Feb. 2020 The appellate court had no trouble finding that closing the wage gap was a substantial government interest. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Wage inquiry ban is constitutional," 18 Feb. 2020 At issue before the appellate court is Amendment 4, a ballot measure approved by voters in 2018, allowing felons to regain the right to vote ahead of the March 17 primaries and November’s crucial presidential balloting. Kate Brumback,, "Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights," 28 Jan. 2020 The crisis was averted after an appellate court ruled in Facebook’s favor. Fortune, "Ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings, Facebook faces costly regulatory pitfalls," 28 Jan. 2020 Five Leon Valley residents filed a motion Friday with a state appellate court seeking to mandate that the suburb’s City Council order a May 2 recall election for two embattled councilors. Scott Huddleston,, "Court filing seeks Leon Valley recall vote," 24 Jan. 2020 In 2011, Hadlock replaced now-Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on the appellate court. oregonlive, "Kate Brown names judge to Oregon Court of Appeals seat she previously awarded her own lawyer without any competition," 17 Jan. 2020 Weinstein tried last summer to get an appellate court to approve a change of venue, asking it be moved to either Albany or Long Island. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein trial: Defense tries again to get trial moved from Manhattan," 16 Jan. 2020 On Tuesday, an appellate court paused both the purge and the contempt finding, even as other courts were being urged to consider the issue. Michael Wines, New York Times, "In Closely Divided Wisconsin, the Battle for Votes Is Already Underway," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of appellate

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appellate

borrowed from Medieval Latin appellātus, past participle of appellāre "to appeal against a judgment," going back to Latin, "to speak to, address, apply to for support, refer to a higher authority" — more at appeal entry 2

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“Appellate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appellate

law : having the power to review and change the decisions of a lower court


ap·​pel·​late | \ ə-ˈpe-lət How to pronounce appellate (audio) \

Legal Definition of appellate

: of or relating to appeals or the power to hear appeals the appellate process an appellate court

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