from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A solemn supplication or request to a superior authority; an entreaty.
- n. A formal written document requesting a right or benefit from a person or group in authority.
- n. Law A formal written application requesting a court for a specific judicial action: a petition for appeal.
- n. Law The judicial action asked for in any such request.
- n. Something requested or entreated.
- transitive v. To address a petition to.
- transitive v. To ask for by petition; request formally.
- intransitive v. To make a request, especially formally: petitioned for retrial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A formal, written request made to an official person or organized body, often containing many signatures.
- n. A compilation of signatures built in order to exert moral authority in support of a specific cause.
- n. A formal written request for judicial action.
- v. To make a request, commonly in written form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To make a petition or solicitation.
- transitive v. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To present a petition or make a request to; supplicate; entreat; specifically, to address a written or printed petition or supplication to, as to a sovereign, legislative body, or person in authority, for some favor or right.
- To solicit; ask for; desire as a favor.
- To intercede; make a humble request or entreaty; present a petition.
- n. An entreaty, supplication, or prayer; a solemn or formal supplication, as one addressed to the Supreme Being, or to a superior in rank or power; also, a particular request or article among several in a prayer.
- n. A formal written request or supplication; particularly, a written supplication from an inferior to a superior, or to a legislative or other body, soliciting some favor, right, grant, or mercy.
- n. In law, a written application for an order of court, used
- n. where a suit is already pending in respect to the subject of which some relief is sought that renders proper a more for mal application than a motion (as a petition for instructions to a receiver), or
- n. where the subject is within the jurisdiction of the court with out the bringing of an action (as a petition for the writ, of habeas corpus, or for an adjudication in bankruptcy); also, the paper containing such a supplication, solicitation, or humble request.
- n. A begging: only in the rare phrase ‘petition of a principle’ (begging the question), translating Latin petitio principii.
- n. A declaration of the rights of the people addressed by Parliament in 1628 to King Charles 1., and his assent to it, which, though not in form a statute or ordinance, has been accepted as having the full force and effect of fundamental law. It recited, in substance, that subjects should not be taxed but by consent of Parliament; that commissions for raising money should not be issued contrary to law; that no free man should be imprisoned, disseized of his land, outlawed, or exiled but by the judgment of his peers or the law of the land; that no subject ought to be imprisoned without cause shown; that citizens should not be compelled to entertain soldiers against the law; and that commissions for the trial of offenders by martial law ought not to issue in time of peace.
- n. under active
- n. Synonyms Supplication, Suit, etc. (see prayer), solicitation, application, address.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
- v. write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
- n. reverent petition to a deity
My friend, Dr. Gosset -- who will not (I trust) petition for excommunicating me from the orthodox church to which I have the honour of belonging, if I number him in the upper class of bibliomaniacs -- was unable to attend the sale of the Pinelli collection, from severe illness: but he _did petition_ for a sight of one of these volumes of old
The biggest weaknesses of their argument are (1) the lack of a record of harassment in connection with referendum 71 and (2) the question whether signing a petition is an anonymous act.
If any of you are interested in signing it, the petition is here.
Philby@214, yes I do, a petition is a wall that seperates cubicles in an office building.
Anyway the petition is a perfect marketing ploy to attract more viewers to his new movie.
This petition is about Mike Griffin the man, about the administrator ...
Accompanying the petition is a series of portraits of Icelanders holding up their own protestations of innocence.
Signing the petition is a statement that you oppose the Burger King approach to education ( "have it your way"), the diminution of the Liberal Arts, the continued fetishization of assessment as panacea for all of academia's ills, and, most importantly, phrases like "mass customization."
That's what this petition is all about ... just giving every woman the information to make an Educated Decision.
With all due respect, signing a petition is the first part of the voting process.