- an earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy, etc.; entreaty; petition; plea.
- a request or reference to some person or authority for a decision, corroboration, judgment, etc.
- an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal.
- (in a legislative body or assembly) a formal question as to the correctness of a ruling by a presiding officer.
- Obsolete.a formal charge or accusation.
- the power or ability to attract, interest, amuse, or stimulate the mind or emotions: The game has lost its appeal.
- Obsolete. a summons or challenge.
- to ask for aid, support, mercy, sympathy, or the like; make an earnest entreaty: The college appealed to its alumni for funds.
- Law. to apply for review of a case or particular issue to a higher tribunal.
- to have need of or ask for proof, a decision, corroboration, etc.
- to be especially attractive, pleasing, interesting, or enjoyable: The red hat appeals to me.
- to apply for review of (a case) to a higher tribunal.
- Obsolete.to charge with a crime before a tribunal.
- appeal to the country, British. country(def 16).
Origin of appeal
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Examples from the Web for appeal
In January, an appeal hearing will determine whether he qualifies for post-conviction relief.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline
December 31, 2014
“Basically, I was contacted and asked if an appeal could be opened on my behalf,” she told me from her home in Providence.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
This approach would greatly limit his appeal beyond the Northeast and the west coast.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Adnan has an appeal hearing for post-conviction relief set for January.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession
December 11, 2014
Teague replied: “I have to allow an operator or plugger a way to appeal when he believes our requirements are unreasonable.”Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
If he said or did anything, there was no appeal; that was settled, let us pass to something else.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If it were, to whom could I appeal with effect against a husband?
I have no friend but you to whom I can appeal, to whom I dare complain.
Should it be ever so unhappily, will it be prudence to complain or appeal?
In that moment he needed desperately something to which he could appeal for comfort.Way of the Lawless
- a request for relief, aid, etc
- the power to attract, please, stimulate, or interesta dress with appeal
- an application or resort to another person or authority, esp a higher one, as for a decision or confirmation of a decision
- the judicial review by a superior court of the decision of a lower tribunal
- a request for such review
- the right to such review
- cricket a verbal request to the umpire from one or more members of the fielding side to declare a batsman out
- English law (formerly) a formal charge or accusationappeal of felony
- (intr) to make an earnest request for relief, support, etc
- (intr) to attract, please, stimulate, or interest
- law to apply to a superior court to review (a case or particular issue decided by a lower tribunal)
- (intr) to resort (to), as for a decision or confirmation of a decision
- (intr) cricket to ask the umpire to declare a batsman out
- (intr) to challenge the umpire's or referee's decision
Word Origin and History for appeal
early 14c., originally in legal sense of "to call" to a higher judge or court, from Anglo-French apeler "to call upon, accuse," Old French apeler "make an appeal" (11c., Modern French appeler), from Latin appellare "to accost, address, appeal to, summon, name," iterative of appellere "to prepare," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pellere "to beat, drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Related: Appealed; appealing.
Probably a Roman metaphoric extension of a nautical term for "driving a ship toward a particular landing." Popular modern meaning "to be attractive or pleasing" is quite recent, attested from 1907 (appealing in this sense is from 1891), from the notion of "to address oneself in expectation of a sympathetic response."
c.1300, in the legal sense, from Old French apel (Modern French appel), back-formation from apeler (see appeal (v.)). Meaning "call to an authority" is from 1620s; that of "attractive power" attested by 1916.