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. Francis Mwijukye:

    We were failed by the state... We couldn't take a petition to the supreme court.

  3. Kansai Electric:

    It is very regrettable that the petition for stay of execution was not approved.

  4. Bernadette Kero of Oregon:

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

  5. 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.

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