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Definitions for appellant
əˈpɛl əntap·pel·lant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appellant, plaintiff in erroradjective

    the party who appeals a decision of a lower court

  2. appellate, appellantadjective

    of or relating to or taking account of appeals (usually legal appeals)

    "appellate court"


  1. appellantnoun

    a litigant or party that is making an appeal in court.

    The appellant made her submissions to the court

  2. appellantadjective

    of or relating to appeals

  3. Etymology: from apelant

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Appellantnoun

    Etymology: appello, Lat. to call.

    In the devotion of a subject’s love,
    And free from other misbegotten hate,
    Come I appellant to this princely presence. William Shakespeare, Rich II.

    This is the day appointed for the combat,
    And ready are th’ appellant and defendant,
    Th’ armourer and his man, to enter the lists. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant,
    Though by his blindness maim’d for high attempts,
    Who now defies thee thrice to single fight.

    John Milton, Samson Agonistes.

    An appeal transfers the cognizance of the cause to the superior judge; so that, pending the appeal, nothing can be attempted in prejudice of the appellant. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. appellant

    In law, an appeal is the process in which cases are reviewed by a higher authority, where parties request a formal change to an official decision. Appeals function both as a process for error correction as well as a process of clarifying and interpreting law. Although appellate courts have existed for thousands of years, common law countries did not incorporate an affirmative right to appeal into their jurisprudence until the 19th century.


  1. appellant

    An appellant is a person, group, or entity who files an appeal against a decision or judgment made in a legal court case. They are seeking a review or change of the decision made by a lower court, believing that a legal error or mistake was made. The appellant is the opposite party of the appellee or respondent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appellantadjective

    relating to an appeal; appellate

  2. Appellantnoun

    one who accuses another of felony or treason

  3. Appellantnoun

    one who appeals, or asks for a rehearing or review of a cause by a higher tribunal

  4. Appellantnoun

    a challenger

  5. Appellantnoun

    one who appealed to a general council against the bull Unigenitus

  6. Appellantnoun

    one who appeals or entreats

  7. Etymology: [L. appellans, p. pr. of appellare; cf. F. appelant. See Appeal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Appellant

    ap-pel′ant, n. one who makes an appeal from the decision of a lower court to a higher: one who makes earnest entreaty of any kind: (obs.) one who challenges another to single combat: one of the clergy in the Jansenist controversy who rejected the bull Unigenitus issued in 1713, appealing to a pope 'better informed,' or to a general council.—adj. Appell′ate, relating to appeals. [See Appeal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appellant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appellant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of appellant in a Sentence

  1. Hank Brennan:

    The government successfully precluded the appellant from testifying at trial, we simply wanted the opportunity to ask the appellant the same questions that the government asked.

  2. The High Court:

    On basis of evidences produced by the prosecution, the appellant cannot be convicted, no matter how differently the common man thinks.

  3. Federal Court judge Arifin Zakat:

    It is beyond reasonable doubt that (Saiful) was sodomized by the appellant. The appeal is dismissed.

  4. Chief Judge Robert Katzmann:

    Lehman's unrestricted ownership of the securities defeats any suggestion that Doral entrusted the securities to Lehman when it entered into the repos, because Doral did not entrust securities to Lehman, we further conclude that the appellant is not a customer for purposes of SIPA.

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