petition

[ puh-tish-uhn ]
/ pəˈtɪʃ ən /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for petitioner (1 of 2)

petitioner

/ (pɪˈtɪʃənə) /

noun

a person who presents a petition
mainly British the plaintiff in a divorce suit

British Dictionary definitions for petitioner (2 of 2)

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

petitionary, adjective

Word Origin for petition

C14: from Latin petītiō, from petere to seek
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