July 12, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
petition /pəˈtɪʃən/ noun
petition
/pəˈtɪʃən/
noun

plural petitions

A young woman collecting signatures for a petition
A young woman collecting signatures for a petition
Learner's definition of PETITION

1 : a written document that people sign to show that they want a person or organization to do or change something

  • They collected 2,000 signatures on a petition demanding that women be allowed to join the club.

  • Would you like to sign our petition?

2 a : a formal written request made to an official person or organization

  • We presented a petition to the legislature to change the law.

2 b law : a formal written request to have a legal case decided by a court

  • She filed a petition for divorce.

  • They've denied your petition. [=the court will not hear your case]

3 formal : a prayer or request to God or to a very powerful person or group

  • We ask you to hear our petition.

Learn about petition as a verb.

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