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repetition

[rep-i-tish-uh n] /ˌrɛp ɪˈtɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of repeating; repeated action, performance, production, or presentation.
2.
repeated utterance; reiteration.
3.
something made by or resulting from repeating.
4.
a reproduction, copy, or replica.
5.
Civil Law. an action or demand for the recovery of a payment or delivery made by error or upon failure to fulfill a condition.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Old French repeticion) < Latin repetītiōn- (stem of repetītiō), equivalent to repetīt(us) (past participle of repetere to repeat) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonrepetition, noun

petition

[puh-tish-uh n] /pəˈtɪʃ ən/
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
Related forms
petitionable, adjective
petitioner, petitionist, noun
counterpetition, noun, verb
prepetition, noun, verb (used with object)
re-petition, verb (used with object)
unpetitioned, adjective
Synonyms
1. suit. 2. entreaty, solicitation, appeal. 9. solicit, sue. See appeal.
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British Dictionary definitions for repetitions

petition

/pɪˈtɪʃən/
noun
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
verb
5.
(transitive) to address or present a petition to (a person in authority, government, etc): to petition Parliament
6.
(intransitive) foll by for. to seek by petition: to petition for a change in the law
Derived Forms
petitionary, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin petītiō, from petere to seek

repetition

/ˌrɛpɪˈtɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of repeating; reiteration
2.
a thing, word, action, etc, that is repeated
3.
a replica or copy
4.
(civil law, Scots law) the recovery or repayment of money paid or received by mistake, as when the same bill has been paid twice
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Word Origin and History for repetitions

petition

n.

early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.

v.

c.1600, from petition (n.). Related: Petitioned; petitioning.

repetition

n.

early 15c., "act of saying over again," from Old French repetition and directly from Latin repetitionem (nominative repetitio) "a repeating," noun of action from past participle stem of repetere "do or say again" (see repeat (v.)). Of actions, attested from 1590s.

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