- The definition of a petition is a formal written request to a superior by a number of people for a specific purpose.
An example of a petition is someone gathering signatures to submit to voting authorities to put a measure on a ballot.
- a solemn, earnest supplication or request to a superior or deity or to a person or group in authority; prayer or entreaty
- a formal writing or document embodying such a request, addressed to a specific person or group and often signed by a number of petitioners
- something that is asked or entreated: to grant a petition
- Law a written formal request or plea in which specific court action is asked for: a petition for rehearing
Origin of petitionOld French ; from Classical Latin petitio (gen. petitionis) ; from petere, to seek, rush at, fall: see feather
- to address a petition to; ask formally or earnestly
- to ask for; solicit
- A solemn supplication or request, especially to a superior authority; an entreaty.
- A formal written document requesting a right or benefit from a person or group in authority.
- Law a. A formal written application seeking a court's intervention and action on a matter: a petition for review of a previous court's decision.b. A pleading initiating a legal case in some civil courts: a bankruptcy petition.
- Something requested or entreated: granted our petition.
verbpe·ti·tioned, pe·ti·tion·ing, pe·ti·tions
- To address a petition to: petitioned the king for a pardon.
- To ask for by petition; request formally: petitioned that the sentence be reduced.
Origin of petitionMiddle English peticion, from Old French petition, from Latin petītiō, petītiōn-, from petītus, past participle of petere, to request; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present petitions, present participle petitioning, simple past and past participle petitioned)
petition - Legal Definition