appellate

adjective
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 In addition to the many vacancies on district and appellate courts, many judicial reform activists are also pushing for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, giving Biden a chance to place someone younger on the high court. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Retiring judges give Biden chance to overhaul federal judiciary," 9 Feb. 2021 Johnson's appellate lawyers say that psychologist was not an expert in intellectual disability and relied on standards that are now outdated. CBS News, "U.S. executes drug trafficker who recently contracted COVID," 15 Jan. 2021 Johnson’s appellate lawyers say that psychologist was not an expert in intellectual disability and relied on standards that are now outdated. NBC News, "Virginia gang killer executed by U.S. despite Covid infection," 15 Jan. 2021 Johnson's appellate lawyers say that psychologist was not an expert in intellectual disability and relied on standards that are now outdated. Denise Lavoie, Star Tribune, "Drug dealer convicted in 7 killings could face execution," 13 Jan. 2021 LuAnne Szenay's request for clemency is the first of seven that the appellate law clinic at the University of Michigan has worked on in recent months. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan woman who says she had her husband killed to escape abuse seeks clemency," 25 Dec. 2020 That was the question before a tribunal of judges for the New York appellate division last week. Sean Higgins, National Review, "How an Inexplicable New York Court Decision Threatens Uber and Lyft," 24 Dec. 2020 In Los Angeles, an appellate justice Jayne blasted online for allegedly having an affair with her husband accused her of criminal conduct for posting the jurist’s intimate text messages, photos and phone number. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, "Erika Jayne under fire after alleging judge’s involvement with Tom Girardi," 22 Dec. 2020 On Friday, the state sought and won an appellate court stay of Wohlfeil’s ruling. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Strip clubs briefly lead the way on county COVID policy," 20 Dec. 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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The first known use of appellate was in 1765

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“Appellate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appellate. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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appellate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of appellate

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

appellate

adjective
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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