petition

petition (n.) 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 root *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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  • pétition — [ petisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; peticiun « demande, requête » au sens génér. 1120; lat. petitio, de petere « chercher à atteindre » 1 ♦ Dr. Requête, réclamation faite en justice. 2 ♦ (1661) PÉTITION DE PRINCIPE : faute logique par laquelle on tient… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • petition — pe·ti·tion 1 n 1: a formal written request made to an official person or body (as a court or board) a petition for equitable relief the creditor filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy 2: a document embodying a formal written request petition …   Law dictionary

  • petition — (or bankruptcy petition or petition for relief) the document that commences a bankruptcy proceeding (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy Terms) The document used to begin a bankruptcy case. See order for relief (Bernstein s Dictionary of Bankruptcy… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • petition — pe‧ti‧tion [pˈtɪʆn] noun [countable] LAW an official letter to a law court, asking for a legal case to be considered: • He will file the petition early next week. ˈbankruptcy peˌtition LAW when a person or business that is owed money asks a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Petition — Pe*ti tion, n. [F. p[ e]tition, L. petitio, fr. petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather, or find.] 1. A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petition — [pə tish′ən] n. [OFr < L petitio (gen. petitionis) < petere, to seek, rush at, fall: see FEATHER] 1. a solemn, earnest supplication or request to a superior or deity or to a person or group in authority; prayer or entreaty 2. a formal… …   English World dictionary

  • Petition — Sf Bittschrift, Gesuch, Eingabe per. Wortschatz fach. (14. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. petītio ( ōnis), zu l. petere zu erreichen suchen, greifen, bitten .    Ebenso nndl. petitie, ne. petition, nfrz. pétition, nschw. petition, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Petition — Pe*ti tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Petitioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Petitioning}.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petition — PETITION. s. f. Demande, priere. En ce sens il n a guere d usage qu en parlant des sept demandes de l Oraison Dominicale. La premiere, la seconde petition de l Oraison Dominicale. On se sert aussi de ce mot en cette phrase. Petition de principe,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Petition — Pe*ti tion, v. i. To make a petition or solicitation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Petition — (lat.), Bitte, Gesuch, namentlich an den Monarchen, an Behörden oder an die Volksvertretung; petitionieren, um etwas nachsuchen; Petent, Gesuchsteller; Petitionsrecht, die Befugnis, sich mit Gesuchen an die staatlichen Organe zu wenden.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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