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Petition meaning

petition - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power, rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a prayer.
  2. 2. A formal written request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it; specifically ( Law), a supplication to government, in either of its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or right; -- in distinction from a memorial, which calls certain facts to mind; also, the written document.
  3. 3. To make a prayer or request to; to ask from; to solicit; to entreat; especially, to make a formal written supplication, or application to, as to any branch of the government; as, to petition the court; to petition the governor.
  4. 4. To make a petition or solicitation.
  5. 5. A formal written request made to a court, asking for an order or ruling on a particular matter. For example, if you want to be appointed conservator for an elderly relative, you must file a petition with a court. See also complaint.
  6. 6. Request; prayer.
  7. 7. To present a petition to; supplicate.

petition - examples of usage

  1. Our petition was got up very shortly after we were wanted to sign the obligation. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. Our humble petition, by some means, met with the fate it deserved. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. " I have one petition to make to you," said Senhor d'Almeida, for so we may call the stranger; " it is my first, and it shall be my last." - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
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