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

Examples of petitioner in a Sentence

the lottery winner was beset by a horde of petitioners, all of whom thought that they were most deserving of his charity
Recent Examples on the Web Its secretary of state said petitioners failed to submit proper paperwork. Jamie Ross, Washington Post, 11 July 2024 The petitioner in that case was a hedge fund manager accused of lying to clients and inflating his fees. Jacob Sullum, Orange County Register, 8 July 2024 Hugh, one of Aegon’s petitioners, is being told by his wife that food in town is getting scarce. Omar L. Gallaga, Washington Post, 24 June 2024 Other petitioners seeking to place questions on the November ballot have been gathering signatures for months. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for petitioner 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petitioner was in the 15th century

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“Petitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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