Appeal definition

ə-pēl
To make an earnest or urgent request, as for help.
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(law) To make or request an appeal.
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To be attractive or interesting.

The idea didn't appeal to me.

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The right to do this.
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A higher court's review of the correctness of a decision by a lower court.
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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.

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A request for this.
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An appeal of a trial court’s decision made directly to the jurisdiction’s highest appellate court without first seeking review by the intermediate appellate courts. For example, although a United States District Court decision is usually first reviewed by one of the Untied States Court of Appeals before the United States Supreme Court considers it, a direct appeal bypasses the Court of Appeals and sends the District Court decision directly to the Supreme Court.
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(intransitive) To be attractive.

That idea appeals to me.

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(obs.) To accuse of a crime.
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The power of attracting or of arousing interest.

A city with special appeal for museumgoers.

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The submission of a lower court's ruling, verdict, etc. to a higher court for review.
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A court decision thus submitted.
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The process to seek and obtain a review and reversal by a court of a lower court’s decision.
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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.
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An appeal in which a court or administrative agency must review the decision that is sought to be reversed.
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An appeal in which a court or administrative agency’s review of a decision is within the court or agency’s discretion. Also called discretionary appeal. See also certiorari.
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An appeal by an appellee, usually considered at the same time as the appeal by the appellant.
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1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9.

He gan that Ladie strongly to appele / Of many haynous crymes by her enured […]

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(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.

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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.
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(intransitive, cricket) To ask an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not.
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To summon; to challenge.
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To invoke.

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(law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re-examination 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.

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A summons to answer to a charge.

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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.
  • (cricket) The act, by the fielding side, of asking an umpire for a decision on whether a batsman is out or not.
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Resort to physical means; recourse.
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The power to attract or interest.
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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.

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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.

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A case so reviewed.
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A request for a higher court to review the decision of a lower court.
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An appeal in which the issues to be reviewed in two or more cases are similar enough that it is practical to unite the reviews into a single appeal. See also joinder.
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An appeal of a trial court’s interim decision while the case is still pending in the trial court. Some interlocutory appeals involve legal questions whose resolution are necessary for the trial court to reach a proper decision in the action. Others involve issues that are entirely separate from the merits of the case. In most states, interlocutory appeals are permitted only in limited circumstances and are rarely granted.
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To appeal a law case to a higher court.
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To resort or turn (to) for decision, justification, etc.

To appeal to logic.

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To make an urgent request (to a person for help, sympathy, etc.)
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An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication.
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To be attractive, interesting, etc.; arouse a favorable response.

Her argument appealed to me.

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An urgent request for help, sympathy, etc.
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A quality in a person or thing that arouses interest, sympathy, desire, etc.; attraction.
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(obs.) An accusation.
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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.

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To request for an appeal of (a case) to a higher court for rehearing.
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To submit (a lower court's ruling, verdict, etc.) to a higher court for review.
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A call upon some authority or person for a decision, opinion, etc.
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To have recourse, as for corroboration; resort.

I appeal to your sense of justice.

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on appeal
  • In the process of being appealed; while being appealed.
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on appeal
  • being reviewed or pending review by an appellate court
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
appeal
Plural:
appeals

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on appeal
on appeal

Origin of appeal

  • Middle English apel from Old French from apeler to appeal from Latin appellāre to entreat pel-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French apeler, from Latin appellō.

    From Wiktionary