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English definition of “petition”

petition

noun [C]     /pəˈtɪʃ.ən/
a document signed by a large number of people demanding or asking for some action from the government or another authority : I signed a petition against the proposed closure of the local hospital today.Making appeals and requests specialized law a formal letter to a law court asking for a particular legal action : She's filing a petition for divorce .Making appeals and requests
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