petition

petition
petition pe‧ti‧tion [pˈtɪʆn] noun [countable]
LAW an official letter to a law court, asking for a legal case to be considered:

• He will file the petition early next week.

ˈbankruptcy peˌtition LAW
when a person or business that is owed money asks a court to recognize that a business is bankrupt so that they can obtain the money, or part of the money, that they are owed:

• If an individual appears unable to pay his debts or has no reasonable prospect of paying, he may also face a bankruptcy petition.

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petition UK US /pəˈtɪʃən/ noun [C]
POLITICS a document signed by a large number of people asking the government or authorities to do something or not to do something: a petition against/for sth »

Trade unions have started a petition against the merger.

LAW a formal letter to a court of law asking for a particular decision: »

They had filed a petition in federal court on behalf of the detainees.

See also BANKRUPTCY PETITION(Cf. ↑bankruptcy petition)
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petition UK US /pəˈtɪʃən/ verb [I or T]
LAW to make a formal request for a decision or action, especially from a court of law: »

He could have petitioned for the appeals court to consider his request.

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The company has petitioned the organization to keep details of the new phone secret.

POLITICS to sign a document with large numbers of other people asking the government or authorities to do something or not to do something: petition for/against sth »

Local people petitioned against the closure of the hospital.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • pétition — [ petisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; peticiun « demande, requête » au sens génér. 1120; lat. petitio, de petere « chercher à atteindre » 1 ♦ Dr. Requête, réclamation faite en justice. 2 ♦ (1661) PÉTITION DE PRINCIPE : faute logique par laquelle on tient… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • petition — pe·ti·tion 1 n 1: a formal written request made to an official person or body (as a court or board) a petition for equitable relief the creditor filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy 2: a document embodying a formal written request petition …   Law dictionary

  • petition — (or bankruptcy petition or petition for relief) the document that commences a bankruptcy proceeding (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy Terms) The document used to begin a bankruptcy case. See order for relief (Bernstein s Dictionary of Bankruptcy… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • Petition — Pe*ti tion, n. [F. p[ e]tition, L. petitio, fr. petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather, or find.] 1. A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petition — [pə tish′ən] n. [OFr < L petitio (gen. petitionis) < petere, to seek, rush at, fall: see FEATHER] 1. a solemn, earnest supplication or request to a superior or deity or to a person or group in authority; prayer or entreaty 2. a formal… …   English World dictionary

  • Petition — Sf Bittschrift, Gesuch, Eingabe per. Wortschatz fach. (14. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. petītio ( ōnis), zu l. petere zu erreichen suchen, greifen, bitten .    Ebenso nndl. petitie, ne. petition, nfrz. pétition, nschw. petition, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Petition — Pe*ti tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Petitioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Petitioning}.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petition — PETITION. s. f. Demande, priere. En ce sens il n a guere d usage qu en parlant des sept demandes de l Oraison Dominicale. La premiere, la seconde petition de l Oraison Dominicale. On se sert aussi de ce mot en cette phrase. Petition de principe,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Petition — Pe*ti tion, v. i. To make a petition or solicitation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Petition — (lat.), Bitte, Gesuch, namentlich an den Monarchen, an Behörden oder an die Volksvertretung; petitionieren, um etwas nachsuchen; Petent, Gesuchsteller; Petitionsrecht, die Befugnis, sich mit Gesuchen an die staatlichen Organe zu wenden.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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