Definitions for Petitionpəˈtɪʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. request, petition, postulation(noun)

    a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

  2. prayer, petition, orison(verb)

    reverent petition to a deity

  3. petition(verb)

    write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing


  1. petition(Noun)

    A formal, written request made to an official person or organized body, often containing many signatures.

  2. petition(Noun)

    A compilation of signatures built in order to exert moral authority in support of a specific cause.

  3. petition(Noun)

    A formal written request for judicial action.

  4. petition(Verb)

    To make a request, commonly in written form.

  5. Origin: from peticiun, from stem of petitio, from peto

Webster Dictionary

  1. Petition(noun)

    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 prayer

  2. Petition(noun)

    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

  3. Petition(verb)

    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

  4. Petition(verb)

    to make a petition or solicitation

  5. Origin: [F. ptition, L. petitio, fr. petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather, or find.]


  1. Petition

    A petition is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to a government official or public entity. Petitions to a deity are a form of prayer. In the colloquial sense, a petition is a document addressed to some official and signed by numerous individuals. A petition may be oral rather than written, and in this era may be transmitted via the Internet.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Petition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4451

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Petition' in Nouns Frequency: #2267

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cathy Lawhon:

    The petition and comments on the petition were not threatening.

  2. Bernadette Kero of Oregon:

    I knew there was a petition pending, but it had been three weeks and I had heard nothing.

  3. The Hitopadesa:

    Not to attend at the door of the wealthy, and not to use the voice of petition?these constitute the best life of a man.

  4. Azhar Siddique:

    I, on behalf of civil society, filed the petition to save 26 heritage sites from construction of the Orange Line Train Project.

  5. Rob Petrosyan:

    I haven't seen that petition distributed around the UCI class pages, and it seems like most of the signatures are from outside UCI.

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Translations for Petition

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • žádost, suplika, petice, návrhCzech
  • Petition, EingabeGerman
  • αιτούμαι, αναφορά, αίτησηGreek
  • petskribo, peticioEsperanto
  • peticiónSpanish
  • adressi, anoa, hakemus, vetoomus, anomus, pyyntö, hakea, pyytääFinnish
  • pétitionner, pétitionFrench
  • tagairt, tagair, athchuingeScottish Gaelic
  • 請願Japanese
  • 請願, 청원Korean
  • petihanaMāori
  • verzoekschrift, petitieDutch
  • petycjaPolish
  • abaixo-assinado, petiçãoPortuguese
  • petițieRomanian
  • ходатайство, подавать, жалоба, ходатайствовать, прошение, петиция, заявление, податьRussian

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