n.1.A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power, rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a prayer.
A house of prayer and petition for thy people.
- 1 Macc. vii. 37.
This last petition heard of all her prayer.
- Dryden.
2.(Law) A formal written request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it; specifically (Law), a supplication to government, in either of its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or right; - in distinction from a memorial, which calls certain facts to mind; also, the written document.
Petition of right
(Law) a petition to obtain possession or restitution of property, either real or personal, from the Crown, which suggests such a title as controverts the title of the Crown, grounded on facts disclosed in the petition itself.
The Petition of Right
(Eng. Hist.) the parliamentary declaration of the rights of the people, assented to by Charles I.
- Mozley & W.
v. t.1.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 government; as, to petition the court; to petition the governor.
[imp. & p. p. Petitioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Petitioning.]
v. i.1.To make a petition or solicitation.
Noun1.Petitionpetition - a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
Synonyms: request, postulation
2.petition - reverent petition to a deity
Synonyms: orison, prayer
Verb1.petition - write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing

PETITION. An instrument of writing or printing containing a prayer from the person presenting it, called the petitioner, to the body or person to whom it is presented, for the redress of some wrong, or the grant of some favor, which the latter has the right to give.
     2. By the constitution of the United States the right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances," is secured to the people. Amend. Art. 1.
     3. Petitions are frequently presented to the courts in order to bring some matters before them. It is a general rule, in such cases, that an affidavit should be made that the facts therein contained are true as far as known to the petitioner, and that those facts which he states as knowing from others be believes to be true.

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