What does petition mean?

Definitions for petition
pəˈtɪʃ ənpe·ti·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. request, petition, postulationnoun

    a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

  2. prayer, petition, orisonverb

    reverent petition to a deity

  3. petitionverb

    write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing

Wiktionary

  1. petitionnoun

    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. petitionnoun

    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. petitionnoun

    A formal written request for judicial action.

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

  4. petitionverb

    To make a request, commonly in written form.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Petitionnoun

    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. Petitionnoun

    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. Petitionverb

    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. Petitionverb

    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.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'petition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4451

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    Rank popularity for the word 'petition' in Nouns Frequency: #2267

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  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. Rachael Rollins:

    My petition is a call for order to be returned to our courts, to ensure the fair administration of justice, and to restore the public's trust in the integrity of our legal system, the people of Suffolk County elected me to do exactly what I am doing.

  2. Consumer Union Schwantes:

    The organization noted that nearly 50,000 consumers joined an online petition last month favoring the FCC's privacy rules. And in a nationally representative CR Consumer Voices Survey, 65 percent of Americans said they were either slightly or not at all confident that their personal data is private and not distributed without their knowledge. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson before the vote on Wednesday said the rules put American consumers — each one of us who pay these monthly fees for their broadband service — in the driver's seat of how our personal data is used and shared. Is that too much to ask ? I don't think so. The resolution will still have to pass the House of Representatives, which it is likely to do, and then be signed by President Trump. ISPs have been under the FCC's jurisdiction only since 2015, when they werereclassified as public utilitiesunder something called Title II of the Communications Act. Meantime, web-based companies such as Amazon and Google are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission( FTC), and face less stringent requirements. Republican legislators and lobbyists from cable, telecom, and advertising industries say that difference in regulation is unfair. Sen. John Thune( R-SD) said Wednesday that the FCC had unfairly distorted the marketplace when it imposed unnecessarily onerous privacy restrictions on broadband providers while leaving the rest of the internet under the strong and successful regime at the FTC. The federal government could move authority over ISPs back to the FCC. However, that would be a complex process, and one not favored by advocacy groups, including Consumers Union. Any fondness for the FTC’s approach to privacy is merely support for dramatically weaker privacy protections favored by most corporations, the organization wrote in a letter to senators earlier this week. There is no question that consumers favor the FCC’s current broadband privacy rules. The measure passed by a 50-48 vote along party lines The Senate Thursday. To roll back the rules, Republican senators employed a legislative maneuver that prevents the FCC from adopting ‘ similar ’ rules, even far weaker ones, to protect internet users in the future.

  3. James Sulikowski:

    Makos are a very hot topic and high priority species now, because the population is on the decline. There ... is a petition to see if makos should be listed as a threatened or endangered species in U.S. waters, our work is helping understand and mitigate interactions with pelagic longline fishing gear.

  4. Darren Bailey:

    By agreeing with the plaintiff in this initial ruling, the court set a dangerous precedent, we will not stop this virus if, because of this ruling, any resident can petition to be exempted from aspects of the orders that rely on collective action to keep us all safe.

  5. Barbara Underwood:

    As we detailed in our petition earlier this year, the Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests, there are rules that govern private foundations — and we intend to enforce them, no matter who runs Trump Foundation.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. extroversive
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    • C. defiant
    • D. ambidextrous

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