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  1. of the nature of or expressing a petition.
  2. Archaic. petitioning; suppliant.
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Origin of petitionary

First recorded in 1570–80; petition + -ary
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Examples from the Web for petitionary

Historical Examples

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

    Tales of the Argonauts

    Bret Harte

  • 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.


    Mary Johnston

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