counterpetition

petition

[puh-tish-uhn]
noun
1.
a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an unfair law.
2.
a request made for something desired, especially a respectful or humble request, as to a superior or to one of those in authority; a supplication or prayer: a petition for aid; a petition to God for courage and strength.
3.
something that is sought by request or entreaty: to receive one's full petition.
4.
Law. an application for a court order or for some judicial action.
verb (used with object)
5.
to beg for or request (something).
6.
to address a formal petition to (a sovereign, a legislative body, etc.): He received everything for which he had petitioned the king.
7.
to ask by petition for (something).
verb (used without object)
8.
to present a petition.
9.
to address or present a formal petition.
10.
to request or solicit, as by a petition: to petition for redress of grievances.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English peticioun (< Middle French peticion) < Latin petītiōn- (stem of petītiō) a seeking out, equivalent to petīt(us) (past participle of petere to seek) + -iōn- -ion

petitionable, adjective
petitioner, petitionist, noun
counterpetition, noun, verb
prepetition, noun, verb (used with object)
re-petition, verb (used with object)
unpetitioned, adjective


1. suit. 2. entreaty, solicitation, appeal. 9. solicit, sue. See appeal.
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petition (pɪˈtɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a written document signed by a large number of people demanding some form of action from a government or other authority
2.  any formal request to a higher authority or deity; entreaty
3.  law a formal application in writing made to a court asking for some specific judicial action: a petition for divorce
4.  the action of petitioning
 
vb (foll by for)
5.  (tr) to address or present a petition to (a person in authority, government, etc): to petition Parliament
6.  to seek by petition: to petition for a change in the law
 
[C14: from Latin petītiō, from petere to seek]
 
pe'titionary
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

petition
early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from O.Fr. peticiun (12c.), from L. petitionem (nom. petitio) "a request, solicitation," noun of action from petere "to require, seek, go forward," also "to rush at, attack," ult. from PIE base *pet-/*pte- "to rush, to fly" (cf. Skt. patram
"wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Gk. piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" O.E. feðer "feather;" L. penna "feather, wing;" O.C.S. pero "feather;" O.Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c. The verb is c.1600, from the noun.
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