of the nature of or expressing a petition.
Archaic. petitioning; suppliant.

Origin of petitionary

First recorded in 1570–80; petition + -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for petitionary

Historical Examples of petitionary

  • Mr. Decker could not resist the petitionary grace of those white hands and that sensitive mouth, and took her to his arms.

  • Do its requests represent the best modern conception of prayer as an inward aspiration rather than as petitionary?

  • When the coach had come to a standstill, he opened the door with as little creaking as might be, and held out a petitionary hand.


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  • And while she hesitated, from the room above came the soft, racking, petitionary music of a violin.