appellate

adjective

ap·​pel·​late ə-ˈpe-lət How to pronounce appellate (audio)
: 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 The Court of Criminal Appeals is one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The New York Court of Appeals agreed last year to take Weinstein’s case after an intermediate appellate court upheld his conviction. TIME, 14 Feb. 2024 Creech’s attorneys were invited by the appellate court to refile their petition with the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 10 Feb. 2024 But that permission was temporarily on pause while the woman’s attorneys asked the appellate court for review. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 That lawsuit is still pending in a federal appellate court. Todd Richmond, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 Last week, after waiting nearly a month for the appellate court's decision, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan postponed the March 4 start date for Trump's trial. Katherine Faulders, ABC News, 6 Feb. 2024 In December, the high court refused an emergency appeal by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith to take the case rather than wait for the appellate court to weigh in. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 To repeat, when a case is on appeal, jurisdiction over it is transferred to the appellate court, which means the district-court judge — here, Judge Tanya Chutkan — cannot act on it. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appellate was in 1765

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Cite this Entry

“Appellate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appellate. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

appellate

adjective
ap·​pel·​late ə-ˈpel-ət How to pronounce appellate (audio)
: having the power to review the decisions of a lower court
an appellate court

Legal Definition

appellate

adjective
ap·​pel·​late ə-ˈpe-lət How to pronounce appellate (audio)
: of or relating to appeals or the power to hear appeals
the appellate process
an appellate court

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