- a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an unfair law.
- a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority; a supplication or prayer: a petition for aid; a petition to God for courage and strength.
- something that is sought by request or entreaty: to receive one's full petition.
- Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action.
- to beg for or request (something).
- to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislative body, etc.): He received everything for which he had petitioned the king.
- to ask by petition for (something).
- to present a petition.
- to address or present a formal petition.
- to request or solicit, as by a petition: to petition for redress of grievances.
Origin of petition
Synonyms for petitionSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for petitionerclaimant, candidate, hopeful, seeker, suppliant, suitor, inquirer, aspirant, postulant, appellant
Examples from the Web for petitioner
Historical Examples of petitioner
Perhaps the reader may wish to see as well as hear the petitioner.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The petitioner's name was Peter Quilliam; the respondent——, the co respondent——.The Manxman
Which humbly hope your lordships will please to allow your petitioner, who, etc.Bygone Punishments
The prayer was granted—according to the intent of the petitioner.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
And I said: Hast thou put off the petitioner as I desired, to another day?The Substance of a Dream
F. W. Bain
- a person who presents a petition
- mainly British the plaintiff in a divorce suit
- 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
Word Origin for petition
early 15c., from petition (n.).
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.