[ puh-tish-uhn ]
/ pəˈtɪʃ ən /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. petite,
  2. petite bourgeoise,
  3. petite bourgeoisie,
  4. petite marmite,
  5. petitio principii,
  6. petitionary,
  7. petitioner,
  8. petitor,
  9. petits pois,
  10. petn

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

Related forms

Synonym study

9. See appeal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formspetitionary, adjective

Word Origin for petition

C14: from Latin petītiō, from petere to seek

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Word Origin and History for petition
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