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noun Law.
  1. the defendant or respondent in an appellate proceeding.
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Origin of appellee

1525–35; < Anglo-French, Old French apelé, past participle of apeler to appeal; see -ee
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Historical Examples

  • Wickham for appellant and Campbell for appellee cited ancient laws and treaties as far back as 1662.

    The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)

    Albert J. Beveridge

  • The party appealing is called appellant; the adverse party is the appellee or respondent.

  • In case you find his decision right, bring both the appellant and the appellee to the panglima.

British Dictionary definitions for appellee


  1. law a person who is accused or appealed against
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French apele summoned; see appeal
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Word Origin and History for appellee


1530s, from Anglo-French (late 14c.), from Old French apelé (Modern French appelé) "accused, defendant," noun use of past participle of appeler "to call, address;" see appeal + -ee.

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