appeal

1 of 2

noun

ap·​peal ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio)
1
law : a legal proceeding by which a case is brought before a higher court for review of the decision of a lower court
2
a
: an application (as to a recognized authority) for corroboration, vindication, or decision
b
: an earnest plea : entreaty
an appeal for help
c
: an organized request for donations
the annual fundraising appeal
3
: the power of arousing a sympathetic response : attraction
Movies had a great appeal for him.
4
law : a criminal accusation

appeal

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verb

appealed; appealing; appeals

intransitive verb

1
: to arouse a sympathetic response
an idea that appeals to him
2
: to make an earnest request
We appealed to them for help.
3
law : to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review
4
: to call upon another for corroboration, vindication, or decision

transitive verb

1
law : to take proceedings to have (a lower court's decision) reviewed in a higher court
2
law : to charge with a crime : accuse
appealability noun
appealable adjective
appealer noun

Example Sentences

Noun Her jokes are quickly losing their appeal. the wide appeal of the artist's work His appeals to his father for money were ignored. The mayor made an appeal to the people of the city to stay calm. We made a donation during the school's annual appeal. She helped to organize an appeal on behalf of the homeless. My lawyer said the court's decision wasn't correct and that we should file for an appeal. Verb music that appeals to a wide variety of people The government appealed for calm. desperate people who are appealing for help The government appealed to the people to stay calm. He appealed, arguing that there was not enough evidence to convict him. She lost the case and appealed the following month. We plan to appeal the court's decision. The ruling can be appealed within 30 days. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Israel to take a stronger stand against Russia, delivering an emotional appeal that compared Russia’s invasion of his country to the actions of Nazi Germany. Chicago Tribune, 20 Mar. 2023 In early March, authorities rejected an appeal from Donelan's company and ordered them to rebuild the Punch Bowl Inn within 12 months - using the very stones from the pub's rubble. Daniel Wu, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2023 Unlike in an appeal, CRUs often work with organizations like the Innocence Project and defense attorneys to reinvestigate cases, Bluestine said. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2023 Burnham said Brock was still considering an appeal of his conviction. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 The litigation dragged on for years, with MGA ultimately claiming victory after an appeal. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 16 Mar. 2023 In this case, an appeal would go to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which also leans conservative. Lindsay Whitehurst, ajc, 16 Mar. 2023 Shatner wound down the evening by making an appeal to the audience to take global warming seriously. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2023 Prosecutors will decide by next Monday whether to file an appeal against the retrial to the Supreme Court. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 14 Mar. 2023
Verb
The 2022-2023 handbook for Gallup-McKinley County Schools does not tell families how to appeal. Asia Fields, ProPublica, 21 Mar. 2023 Its lawyers reviewed his case and agreed to appeal the lower court’s decision on his behalf. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2023 Developers had an opportunity to appeal the Feb. 7 decision but did not. Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2023 Newsom spokesperson Brandon Richards said in early February that the administration would not appeal the two Sacramento cases in which Shubb issued the narrow injunction. Bernard J. Wolfson, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2023 The requester can then appeal the group’s decision to McClure, who evaluates the request before getting back to the person who wanted the book reviewed. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Mar. 2023 In a filing last week, Coopersmith had asked Davila for additional time to appeal the Bureau of Prisons' decision to send him to that Atlanta prison that has been dogged by allegations of widespread of misconduct and other abuses. Michael Liedtke, ajc, 16 Mar. 2023 Vicky Fogg, Mid Vermont Christian’s head of school, said in a statement to The Washington Post that the small private school will appeal the decision. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 Alex Murdaugh, who was found guilty last week of murdering his wife and son, intends to appeal his convictions, according to documents filed Thursday by his legal team. Joe Ruiz Jr., CBS News, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English apeel, appel, appele "accusation brought in court, challenge to trial by combat, legal application to a higher court," borrowed from Anglo-French appel, appell "call, summons, accusation of felony, legal application to a higher court," noun derivative of apeler, appeler "to call, summon, call before a court" — more at appeal entry 2

Verb

Middle English appelen, apelen "to call upon, accuse, make a charge against in court, challenge, apply to a higher court," borrowed from Anglo-French apeler, appeler "to call, summon, call before a court," borrowed from Latin appellāre "to speak to, address, apply to for support, refer to a higher authority, call upon, name, designate," from ap-, assimilated form of ad- ad- + -pellāre, first-conjugation verb formed from the base of pellere "to beat against, push, strike" — more at pulse entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of appeal was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Appeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appeal. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

appeal

1 of 2 noun
ap·​peal ə-ˈpē(ə)l How to pronounce appeal (audio)
1
: a legal proceeding by which a case is brought to a higher court for review
2
: an asking for something badly needed or wanted : plea
an appeal for help
3
: the power to cause enjoyment : attraction
movies had a great appeal for him

appeal

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make a legal appeal
2
: to call upon another for a decision
appealed to the umpire
3
: to ask for something badly needed or wanted
4
: to be pleasing or attractive
the idea appeals to her

Legal Definition

appeal

1 of 2 noun
ap·​peal ə-ˈpēl How to pronounce appeal (audio)
: a proceeding in which a case is brought before a higher court for review of a lower court's judgment for the purpose of convincing the higher court that the lower court's judgment was incorrect
also : a proceeding for the review of an agency decision at a higher level within the agency or in a court see also affirm compare certiorari, new trial, rehearing

Note: The scope of an appeal is limited. The higher court will review only matters that were objected to or argued in the lower court during the trial. No new evidence can be presented on appeal.

appealability noun
appealable adjective

appeal

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to take (a lower court's decision) before a higher court for review : undertake an appeal of (a case)

intransitive verb

: to take a lower court's decision to a higher court for review
Etymology

Noun

Old French apel, from apeler to call, accuse, appeal, from Latin appellare

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