The definition of a petition is a formal written request to a superior by a number of people for a specific purpose.(noun)
An example of a petition is someone gathering signatures to submit to voting authorities to put a measure on a ballot.
See petition in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr < L petitio (gen. petitionis) < petere, to seek, rush at, fall: see feather
See petition in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English peticion
Origin: , from Old French petition
Origin: , from Latin petītiō, petītiōn-
Origin: , from petītus
Origin: , past participle of petere, to request; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
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