- 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.
- appeal play,
- appear as
Origin of appeal
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
- the judicial review by a superior court of the decision of a lower tribunal
- a request for such review
- the right to such review
Word Origin 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.