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appellant vs. appellee

appellant vs. appellee: What's the difference?

When a legal appeal is in process, appellant refers to the party who is appealing, and the appellee refers to the party defending against the appeal. For example, if you appealed a decision by your local court to the state supreme court, you would be the appellant and the local court would be the appellee.

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    [ ap-uh-lee ]
    1. the defendant or respondent in an appellate proceeding.

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