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[uh-pel-it] /əˈpɛl ɪt/
adjective, Law.
of or relating to appeals.
having the power or authority to review and decide appeals, as a court.
Origin of appellate
1720-30; < Latin appellātus called upon, named, appealed to (past participle of appellāre), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pell- move, go + -ātus -ate1
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nonappellate, adjective Unabridged
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  • The appellate panel's ruling sends the case back to the district court for further proceedings.
  • Of course appellate courts are free to reinterpret their own precedents.
  • He is an appellate judge and, guess what, so was everyone else on the court.
  • But in a handwritten appellate motion, he is appealing his conviction.
  • Instead, the appellate court ruled any copying would be done by individual customers who have that right.
  • He is one of the best pure trial lawyers in town, as well as an appellate expert.
  • The appellate court responsible for patent cases also tends to be patent-holder-friendly.
  • Now the lawyers were planning a new strategy to take before the appellate court.
  • Again, the appellate court said she used faulty reasoning to depart from the sentencing guidelines.
  • Five appellate justices seek retention and all perform well.
British Dictionary definitions for appellate


adjective (law)
of or relating to appeals
(of a tribunal) having jurisdiction to review cases on appeal and to reverse decisions of inferior courts
Word Origin
C18: from Latin appellātus summoned, from appellāre to appeal
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Word Origin and History for appellate

"pertaining to appeals," 1726, from Latin appellatus, past participle of appellare (see appeal). Appellate jurisdiction is in Blackstone (1768).

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