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petition

noun pe·ti·tion \ pə-ˈti-shən \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of petition

1 : an earnest request : entreaty
2 a : a formal written request made to an official person or organized body (such as a court)
b : a document embodying such a formal written request
3 : something asked or requested

petitionary

play \pə-ˈti-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of petition in a Sentence

  1. They collected 2,000 signatures on a petition demanding that women be allowed to join the club.

  2. Would you like to sign our petition?

  3. We presented a petition to the legislature to change the law.

  4. She filed a petition for divorce.

  5. We ask you to hear our petition.

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Origin and Etymology of petition

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin petition-, petitio, from petere to seek, request — more at feather


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petition

verb

Definition of petition

petitioned; petitioning play \pə-ˈti-sh(ə-)niŋ\
: to make a request to : solicit
: to make a request; especially : to make a formal written request

petitioner

play \pə-ˈti-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of petition in a Sentence

  1. The organization petitioned the government to investigate the issue.

  2. All people had the right to petition the king for help.

  3. She petitioned to join their club.

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First Known Use of petition

1607

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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PETITION Defined for English Language Learners

petition

Definition of petition for English Language Learners

  • : to ask (a person, group, or organization) for something in a formal way


PETITION Defined for Kids

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petition

noun pe·ti·tion \ pə-ˈti-shən \

Definition of petition for Students

1 : an earnest appeal
2 : a formal written request made to an authority

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petition

verb

Definition of petition for Students

petitioned; petitioning
: to make an often formal request to or for

petitioner

noun

Law Dictionary

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petition

noun pe·ti·tion

legal Definition of petition

1 : a formal written request made to an official person or body (as a court or board)
  • a petition for equitable relief
  • the creditor filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy
2 : a document embodying a formal written request

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petition

transitive verb

legal Definition of petition

: to direct a petition to
  • petition the court
: to make a petition
  • petition for relief

petitioner

noun


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