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Meaning of PETITION

Pronunciation:  pi'tishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
  2. [n]  reverent petition to a deity
  3. [v]  write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing

PETITION is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: orison, postulation, prayer, request
 See Also: appeal, application, asking, benediction, bespeak, blessing, call for, collect, collection, commination, content, demand, deprecation, grace, ingathering, intercession, invocation, message, quest, request, requiescat, solicitation, subject matter, substance, supplicate, supplication, thanksgiving



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pe*ti"tion\, n. [F. p['e]tition, L. petitio, fr.
    petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather,
    or find.]
    1. A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty;
       especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer
       to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power,
       rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a
             A house of prayer and petition for thy people. --1
                                                   Macc. vii. 37.
             This last petition heard of all her prayer.
    2. A formal written request addressed to an official person,
       or to an organized body, having power to grant it;
       specifically (Law), a supplication to government, in
       either of its branches, for the granting of a particular
       grace or right; -- in distinction from a memorial, which
       calls certain facts to mind; also, the written document.
    {Petition of right} (Law), a petition to obtain possession or
       restitution of property, either real or personal, from the
       Crown, which suggests such a title as controverts the
       title of the Crown, grounded on facts disclosed in the
       petition itself. --Mozley & W.
    {The Petition of Right} (Eng. Hist.), the parliamentary
       declaration of the rights of the people, assented to by
       Charles I.
  2. \Pe*ti"tion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Petitioned}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Petitioning}.]
    To make a prayer or request to; to ask from; to solicit; to
    entreat; especially, to make a formal written supplication,
    or application to, as to any branch of the government; as, to
    petition the court; to petition the governor.
          You have . . . petitioned all the gods for my
          prosperity.                              --Shak.
  3. \Pe*ti"tion\, v. i.
    To make a petition or solicitation.
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