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petitionary

[puh-tish-uh-ner-ee] /pəˈtɪʃ əˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
of the nature of or expressing a petition.
2.
Archaic. petitioning; suppliant.
Origin of petitionary
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; petition + -ary
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  • Mr. Decker could not resist the petitionary grace of those white hands and that sensitive mouth, and took her to his arms.

  • Do its requests represent the best modern conception of prayer as an inward aspiration rather than as petitionary?

    The Mistakes of Jesus William Floyd
  • When the coach had come to a standstill, he opened the door with as little creaking as might be, and held out a petitionary hand.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • And while she hesitated, from the room above came the soft, racking, petitionary music of a violin.

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