adjective Law.

of or relating to appeals.
having the power or authority to review and decide appeals, as a court.

Origin of appellate

1720–30; < Latin appellātus called upon, named, appealed to (past participle of appellāre), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pell- move, go + -ātus -ate1
Related formsnon·ap·pel·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective law

of or relating to appeals
(of a tribunal) having jurisdiction to review cases on appeal and to reverse decisions of inferior courts

Word Origin for appellate

C18: from Latin appellātus summoned, from appellāre to appeal
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Word Origin and History for appellate

"pertaining to appeals," 1726, from Latin appellatus, past participle of appellare (see appeal). Appellate jurisdiction is in Blackstone (1768).

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