verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- petite bourgeoise,
- petite bourgeoisie,
- petite marmite,
- petitio principii,
- petits pois,
Origin of petition
Examples from the Web for petition
A petition has been delivered in Nevada that will put a similar measure to the one in Washington on the ballot in 2016.
Wahlberg filed his petition for a pardon to the governor of Massachusetts on November 26.LAPD Foundation: Mark Wahlberg Would Make a Good Reserve Cop|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The petition, open to any citizen to join, gathered forty thousand signatures in the first three months.
But their petition is far short of the required 50,000 signatures.Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their expectation was that her petition to have her passport returned might be honored.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth|Christopher Dickey|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet such was their lenity and clemency, that upon a petition from them, the foresaid persons were set at liberty.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)|John Howie
There is a petition of the commons, in the roll of the 4th of Henry IV.
Neither could the suggestion have been made by one of the minority, because none of them signed the petition to the last.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt|David Miller DeWitt
The only result of the petition was the removal of the prince from Falaise to Rouen.
"And he will hear your prayer, he will grant your petition," her father replied in moved tones.Elsie at Viamede|Martha Finley
Word Origin for petition
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.
c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.