petition

[ puh-tish-uhn ]
/ pəˈtɪʃ ən /

noun

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM petition

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British Dictionary definitions for petition

petition
/ (pɪˈtɪʃən) /

noun

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

verb

(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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