pe·​ti·​tion·​er | \ pə-ˈti-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce petitioner (audio) \
plural petitioners

Definition of petitioner

: one who makes, submits, or signs a petition The lost children had not been found. Public prayers had been offered up for them, and many and many a private prayer that had the petitioner's whole heart in it; but still no good news came from the cave.— Mark Twain The high court held that when a petition charges an official with violating the law, the petitioners must at least have knowledge of facts which indicate an intent to commit an unlawful act.The National Law Journal The petitioner contended that the taking of the blood sample and the admission of the test results violated his fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination …— Raymond P. Ward … the draft of the proposed petition was read at length: and the petition said, as all petitions DO say, that the petitioners were very humble, and the petitioned very honourable, and the object very virtuous; therefore (said the petition) the bill ought to be passed into a law at once …— Charles Dickens Included in Wednesday's court filing was a petition signed by more than 500 area residents. The petitioners ask that Johnson "be shown mercy and not subjected to a jail term" because he has lost so much due to the conviction.— Michael Smith

First Known Use of petitioner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Petitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of petitioner

: a person who creates a petition or signs a petition in order to change or ask for something
: a person who asks to have a legal case decided by a court

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