- The definition of appeal refers to someone or something that causes people to like or enjoy it.
A blockbuster movie that is seen by a billion people is an example of a movie that has great appeal for many people.
- Appeal means to make an urgent request for something that is necessary or desired.
To request donations for a charity is an example of appeal.
- Appeal is defined as to be pleasing or interesting.
A perfume that smells good is an example of something that appeals to your sense of smell.
The movie they are watching seems to have a lot of appeal.
- to make a request to a higher court for the rehearing or review of (a case)
- Obsolete to accuse of a crime
Origin of appealMiddle English apelen ; from Old French apeler ; from Classical Latin appellare, to accost, apply to, appeal; iterative ; from appellere, to prepare ; from ad-, to + pellere: see felt
- to appeal a law case to a higher court
- to make an urgent request (to a person for help, sympathy, etc.)
- to resort or turn (to) for decision, justification, etc.: to appeal to logic
- to be attractive, interesting, etc.; arouse a favorable response: her argument appealed to me
- a call upon some authority or person for a decision, opinion, etc.
- an urgent request for help, sympathy, etc.
- a quality in a person or thing that arouses interest, sympathy, desire, etc.; attraction
- Obsolete an accusation
- the transference of a case to a higher court for rehearing or review
- a request for this
- the right to do this
- a case thus transferred
- An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication.
- A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a decision: an appeal to reason; an appeal to her listener's sympathy.
- Law a. A higher court's review of the correctness of a decision by a lower court.b. A case so reviewed.c. A request for a higher court to review the decision of a lower court.
- The power of attracting or of arousing interest: a city with special appeal for museumgoers.
verbap·pealed, ap·peal·ing, ap·peals
- To make an earnest or urgent request, as for help.
- To have recourse, as for corroboration; resort: I appeal to your sense of justice.
- Law To make or request an appeal.
- To be attractive or interesting: The idea didn't appeal to me.
verb, transitive Law
Origin of appealMiddle English apel, from Old French, from apeler, to appeal, from Latin appellāre, to entreat; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present appeals, present participle appealing, simple past and past participle appealed)
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9:
- He gan that Ladie strongly to appele / Of many haynous crymes by her enured […]
- (law, chiefly US) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination of for decision.
- To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.; as, I appeal to all mankind for the truth of what is alleged. Hence: To call on one for aid; to make earnest request.
- (intransitive) To be attractive.
- That idea appeals to me.
- (intransitive, cricket) To ask an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not.
- To summon; to challenge.
- To invoke.
- (law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reëxamination or review. (b) The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected. (c) The right of appeal. (d) An accusation; a process which formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered, rather than for the offense against the public. (e) An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver. --Tomlins. --Bouvier.
- A summons to answer to a charge. --John Dryden.
- A call upon a person or an authority for proof or decision, in one's favor; reference to another as witness; a call for help or a favor; entreaty.
- Resort to physical means; recourse.
- The power to attract or interest
- (cricket): the act, by the fielding side, of asking an umpire for a decision of whether a batsman is out or not.
appeal - Legal Definition
- The process to seek and obtain a review and reversal by a court of a lower court’s decision.
- The process to seek and obtain a review and reversal of an administrative decision by a court or by a higher authority within the administrative agency. See also certiorari, notice of appeal, trial (trial de novo), and writ of error.