What does Petition mean?

Definitions for Petitionpəˈtɪʃ ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Petition.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Petition

    pē-tish′un, n. a request generally from an inferior to a superior: a written request presented to a court of law, or to a body of legislators: a prayer: a supplication.—v.t. to present a petition to: to ask as a favour: to supplicate.—adj. Petit′ionary, offering or containing a petition: supplicatory.—ns. Petit′ioner, one who offers a petition or prayer; Petit′ioning, the act of presenting a petition: entreaty: solicitation; Petit′ionist.—adj. Pet′itory, petitioning.—Petitio principii, the fallacy of begging the question—a taking for granted in argument of that which has yet to be proved. [Fr.,—L. petitiopetĕre, petitum, to ask.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petition in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cathy Lawhon:

    The Change.org petition and comments on the petition were not threatening.

  2. 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.

  3. Abdullah Saleh:

    I created the petition just to gather DC Fans and express their anger just for fun. I didn't mean it to be taken that serious. I just want it to be a symbolic petition, i didn't imagine it will go that far.

  4. Carrie Tyler:

    One of [the pardoned prisoners] is Tim's friend and he put his petition in two years ago, tim's petition has not been submitted. It will be in the beginning of the year. It has taken them over a year to do his petition.

  5. Woodrow Wilson:

    Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.

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