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From Middle English, borrowed from Old French peticiun, from stem of Latin petitio, petitionem (“a request, solicitation”), from petere (“to require, seek, go forward”).
petition (plural petitions)
- A formal, written request made to an official person or organized body, often containing many signatures.
- A compilation of signatures built in order to exert moral authority in support of a specific cause.
- We're looking to get 10,000 people to sign the petition to have the bird colony given legal protection.
- (law) A formal written request for judicial action.
- A prayer; a supplication; an entreaty.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, 1 Maccabees 7:37:
- A house of prayer and petition for thy people.
formal, written request made to an official person
compilation of signatures
legal: formal request for judicial action
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petition (third-person singular simple present petitions, present participle petitioning, simple past and past participle petitioned)
- (transitive) To make a request to, commonly in written form.
- The villagers petitioned the council to demolish the dangerous building.
to make a request
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