Definition Of petition


a formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority with respect to a particular cause.

she was asked to sign a petition against plans to build on the local playing fields

make or present a formal request to (an authority) with respect to a particular cause.

Americans who moved west petitioned Congress for admission to the Union as states

Example Of petition

  • a divorce petition

  • A total of 167 parents signed the petition requesting the council help them get to grips with the dog fouling issue.

  • Access to a court through a petition for a writ of habeas corpus is among the most fundamental democratic rights of humanity.

  • All fifty states have statutes granting grandparents, and sometimes other third parties, the right to petition a court for visitation with children - even when the parents object.

  • Among its early actions was to petition the authorities for a separate Jewish burial ground.

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