Definition for appealing (2 of 2)
- 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 appealing
You see, there is another Mexico, one that is not so appealing to business but well known to law enforcement.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the way that Texas combines place and possibility will not be appealing to everyone.
Dr. Grenci, who agrees, also saw it as a way to expand her own knowledge on the subculture and what makes it so appealing.
Neither is appealing in a world of easy-to-find gourmet fare.
The idea of a strong, German-built wall to keep the Russian bear at bay is appealing in its brutal simplicity.
Here is a romance, strong and appealing, one which will please all classes of readers.A Chain of Evidence|Carolyn Wells
The gentle, appealing glance of the elder, no less than the naive candour of the younger, appealed to his sympathies.Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine|Lewis Spence
Every bit of color had died out of her cheeks and lips, and she turned from one to the other with a wild, appealing look.Vagabondia|Frances Hodgson Burnett
It did not appear that for a moment she had dreamed of appealing to the interposition of the law.The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales|Francis A. Durivage
He exposed the folly of their idolatry, by appealing to their reason and their own acknowledged authorities.Philosophy of the Plan of Salvation|An American Citizen
British Dictionary definitions for appealing (1 of 2)
Derived Formsappealingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for appealing (2 of 2)
- the judicial review by a superior court of the decision of a lower tribunal
- a request for such review
- the right to such review