appealing

[ uh-pee-ling ]
/ əˈpi lɪŋ /

adjective

evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.

Origin of appealing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at appeal, -ing2
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Definition for appealing (2 of 2)

appeal

[ uh-peel ]
/ əˈpil /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Law.
  1. to apply for review of (a case) to a higher tribunal.
  2. Obsolete. to charge with a crime before a tribunal.

Origin of appeal

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English a(p)pelen < Anglo-French, Old French a(p)peler < Latin appellāre to speak to, address, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -pellāre, iterative stem of pellere to push, beat against; (noun) Middle English ap(p)el < Anglo-French, Old French apel, noun derivative of ap(p)eler
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Synonym study

6. Appeal, entreat, petition, supplicate mean to ask for something wished for or needed. Appeal and petition may concern groups and formal or public requests. Entreat and supplicate are usually more personal and urgent. To appeal is to ask earnestly for help or support, on grounds of reason, justice, common humanity, etc.: to appeal for contributions to a cause. To petition is to ask by written request, by prayer, or the like, that something be granted: to petition for more playgrounds. Entreat suggests pleading: The captured knight entreated the king not to punish him. To supplicate is to beg humbly, usually from a superior, powerful, or stern (official) person: to supplicate that the lives of prisoners be spared.
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British Dictionary definitions for appealing (1 of 2)

appealing

/ (əˈpiːlɪŋ) /

adjective

attractive or pleasing
Derived Formsappealingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for appealing (2 of 2)

appeal

/ (əˈpiːl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsappealable, adjectiveappealer, noun

Word Origin for appeal

C14: from Old French appeler, from Latin appellāre to entreat (literally: to approach), from pellere to push, drive
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