- 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.
petition definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Old 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
petition definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A solemn supplication or request 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 requesting a court for a specific judicial action: a petition for appeal.b. The judicial action asked for in any such request.
- Something requested or entreated.
- To address a petition to.
- To ask for by petition; request formally.
Origin: Middle English peticion, from Old French petition, from Latin petītiō, petītiōn-, from petītus, past participle of petere, to request; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- pe·tiˈtion·arˌy adjective
- pe·tiˈtion·er noun
petition - Business Definition
- A written request to a court that it take a specific action.
- A formal request accompanied by signatures of individuals who support the request.
petition - Legal Definition