- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to apply for review of (a case) to a higher tribunal.
- Obsolete. to charge with a crime before a tribunal.
Origin of appeal
The Old French verb apeler is a regular French development from Latin appellāre “to speak to, address, name, call upon (for help), solicit, demand repayment, charge, accuse.” The Latin and Old French sense that prevails in English is “to refer or call to a higher authority (e.g., to the emperor or a higher judge).”
Appellāre is a frequentative derived from the verb appellere “to drive (cattle, equipment), to go or land ashore,” which develops the sense “to call to, address.”
The meaning “to be attractive or pleasing” developed from the earlier meaning “to address oneself, as to a class of people or to a principle of moral conduct, in expectation of a sympathetic response.”
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|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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.|James Joiner|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This approach would greatly limit his appeal beyond the Northeast and the west coast.
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|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Had Mike not been so assisted he would have been evicted, and there would have been no appeal from it.Nasby in Exile|David R. Locke
The poor fellow would be suffering from his rebuff, and Vine shrank from listening to any appeal.Of High Descent|George Manville Fenn
On the 20th of March of that year the exile of Elba made an appeal to all faithful soldiers, and it was not made in vain.
Father intends to appeal to Parliament, but even in Parliament he fears he cannot obtain justice.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall|Charles Major
The one power in the land to which they had been able to appeal for some sort of redress amid their troubles was the law courts.The War in South Africa|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for appeal
- the judicial review by a superior court of the decision of a lower tribunal
- a request for such review
- the right to such review