- evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.
Origin of appealing
- 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 appealing
You see, there is another Mexico, one that is not so appealing to business but well known to law enforcement.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
But the way that Texas combines place and possibility will not be appealing to everyone.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Dr. Grenci, who agrees, also saw it as a way to expand her own knowledge on the subculture and what makes it so appealing.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Neither is appealing in a world of easy-to-find gourmet fare.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
The idea of a strong, German-built wall to keep the Russian bear at bay is appealing in its brutal simplicity.The Great Wall of Ukraine
October 27, 2014
In her perplexity, she was appealing to him who was practically a stranger.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Wanhope had the effect of appealing to Minver, but the painter would not relent.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
But she seemed to be appealing to him reproachfully, and he did not understand her.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
For eight days he had much fever, and his appealing looks were pitiful to see.Salted With Fire
It was answered by a slim, appealing girl of perhaps twenty-two.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
- attractive or pleasing
- 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 appealing
mid-15c. as a noun, "action of petitioning a higher court or authority," verbal noun from appeal (v.). Adjectival sense of "attractive" attested by 1892. Related: Appealingly.
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.