[ puh-tish-uhn ]
/ pəˈtɪʃ ən /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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Origin of petition

1300–50; Middle English peticioun (< Middle French peticion) < Latin petītiōn- (stem of petītiō) a seeking out, equivalent to petīt(us) (past participle of petere to seek) + -iōn- -ion


synonym study for petition

9. See appeal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for petition

British Dictionary definitions for petition

/ (pɪˈtɪʃən) /


a written document signed by a large number of people demanding some form of action from a government or other authority
any formal request to a higher authority or deity; entreaty
law a formal application in writing made to a court asking for some specific judicial actiona petition for divorce
the action of petitioning


(tr) to address or present a petition to (a person in authority, government, etc)to petition Parliament
(intr foll by for) to seek by petitionto petition for a change in the law

Derived forms of petition

petitionary, adjective

Word Origin for petition

C14: from Latin petītiō, from petere to seek
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