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adjective pet·i·to·ry \ˈpe-tə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of petitory

  1. :  made under admiralty or civil law to establish a right to ownership rather than to possession of property <a petitory action>

Origin and Etymology of petitory

Latin petitorius of a claim to ownership, from petere to go to or toward, seek, request

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