Definitions for Petitionpəˈtɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pe•ti•tionpəˈtɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. a formally drawn request, often signed by those endorsing it, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority, soliciting some favor, right, or other benefit.

  2. a respectful or humble request, as to a superior; a supplication or prayer.

  3. something sought by request or entreaty.

  4. Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action.

    Category: Law

  5. (v.t.)to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislature, etc.).

  6. to ask by petition for (something).

  7. to beg for or request.

  8. (v.i.)to present a petition.

  9. to make a request or entreaty.

Origin of petition:

1300–50; ME peticioun (< AF, MF) < L petītiō a seeking out


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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. petition(noun)əˈtɪʃ ən

    a document signed by a lot of people to show they want or support sth

    They signed a petition asking for an end to the war.

  2. petition(verb)əˈtɪʃ ən

    to ask for sth to be done by presenting a petition to the people who can do it

    They are petitioning for funding for the project.


  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


  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

Translations for Petition

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a formal request made to someone in authority and usually signed by a large number of people.

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