- a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an unfair law.
- a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority; a supplication or prayer: a petition for aid; a petition to God for courage and strength.
- something that is sought by request or entreaty: to receive one's full petition.
- Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action.
- to beg for or request (something).
- to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislative body, etc.): He received everything for which he had petitioned the king.
- to ask by petition for (something).
- to present a petition.
- to address or present a formal petition.
- to request or solicit, as by a petition: to petition for redress of grievances.
Origin of petition
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Examples from the Web for petitioned
Apparently, the population of Kayakoy had petitioned the government in Ankara for the right to remain.Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town
July 12, 2014
Liberty Counsel, a Christian freedom group challenging the law in court, petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case.Supreme Court Declines to Hear Anti-Gay Quacks
June 30, 2014
Last month, the reclusive Matt Sandusky petitioned a court and was granted a name change for himself, his wife and four children.Sandusky Son to Settle
August 18, 2013
When the degree of the chaos and corruption became evident, we petitioned the IOC to move the Games before it was too late.Boycott Putin, Not the Sochi Olympics
August 15, 2013
That's when Windsor petitioned the Supreme Court to hear her case on an expedited basis.Edie Windsor, the Widow Taking On DOMA
March 27, 2013
They exercise daily, and have petitioned to be authorised by their Regency.
The grant, however, was expiring, and he petitioned the queen that it might be renewed.Queen Elizabeth
Congress was petitioned to aid this work of internal improvement.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The lady has not broken her word, nor by me shall she be petitioned to do so.
Then everybody put his things back and petitioned for somebody else's.
- a written document signed by a large number of people demanding some form of action from a government or other authority
- any formal request to a higher authority or deity; entreaty
- law a formal application in writing made to a court asking for some specific judicial actiona petition for divorce
- the action of petitioning
- (tr) to address or present a petition to (a person in authority, government, etc)to petition Parliament
- (intr foll by for) to seek by petitionto petition for a change in the law
Word Origin and History for petitioned
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.
c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.