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Definition of petition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    petition

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    NAmE//pəˈtɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1 petition (against/for something) a written document signed by a large number of people that asks someone in a position of authority to do or change something a petition against experiments on animals The workers are circulating a petition for tighter safety standards. Councilors were presented with a petition calling for more money to be spent on policing the area.
  2. 2(law) an official document asking a court to take a particular course of action a bankruptcy petition Her husband has already filed a petition for divorce.
  3. 3(formal) a formal prayer to God or request to someone in authority
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