What does petition mean?

Definitions for petition
pəˈtɪʃ ənpe·ti·tion

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

Wiktionary

  1. petition(Noun)

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

    Etymology: from peticiun, from stem of petitio, from peto

  2. petition(Noun)

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

    Etymology: from peticiun, from stem of petitio, from peto

  3. petition(Noun)

    A formal written request for judicial action.

    Etymology: from peticiun, from stem of petitio, from peto

  4. petition(Verb)

    To make a request, commonly in written form.

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Petition(verb)

    to make a petition or solicitation

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

Freebase

  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

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How to say petition in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of petition in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Charles Scicluna:

    Every demand and petition must be sent to him who as the leader of the church ... has jurisdiction.

  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. Michele Bachmann:

    He'd been president, and he was asked to run for Congress specifically to fight against slavery. And he was all worn out, as most presidents are, but he was so moved by slavery he came back, and for over twenty years, he stood over here, and every single day he stood up with his petition to stop slavery. And every day he was booed down and hated, hated, hated by his fellow Congressmen. Until finally at the very end of his life, he stood up again with his petition, and collapsed.

  5. 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.

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