petitioner - Business Definition
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The person or other entity that requests a court hearing or appeals a lower court ruling. For example, a petitioner might ask a state tax court for a redetermination of a tax deficiency based on a claim that certain income was not taxable by the state.
petitioner - Legal Definition
The person presenting a petition to a court or other body in order to institute an equity hearing or to appeal from a judgment. The opponent in such a proceeding is known as the respondent.
Variant of petition
- 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
to make a petition