Definitions of appeal

  1. ( law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial; " their appeal was denied in the superior court"
  2. attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; " his smile was part of his appeal to her"
  3. earnest or urgent request; " an entreaty to stop the fighting"; " an appeal for help"; " an appeal to the public to keep calm"
  4. request earnestly ( something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; " appeal to somebody for help"; " Invoke God in times of trouble"
  5. cite as an authority; resort to; " He invoked the law that would save him"; " I appealed to the law of 1900"; " She invoked an ancient law"
  6. be attractive to; " The idea of a vacation appeals to me"; " The beautiful garden attracted many people"
  7. take a court case to a higher court for review; " He was found guilty but appealed immediately"
  8. To make application for the removal of ( a cause) from an inferior to a superior judge or court for a rehearing or review on account of alleged injustice or illegality in the trial below. We say, the cause was appealed from an inferior court.
  9. To charge with a crime; to accuse; to institute a private criminal prosecution against for some heinous crime; as, to appeal a person of felony.
  10. To summon; to challenge.
  11. To invoke.
  12. To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of reexamination of for decision.
  13. To call upon another to decide a question controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.; as, I appeal to all mankind for the truth of what is alleged. Hence: To call on one for aid; to make earnest request.
  14. An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reexamination or review.
  15. The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected.
  16. The right of appeal.
  17. An accusation; a process which formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered, rather than for the offense against the public.
  18. An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver. See Approvement.
  19. A summons to answer to a charge.
  20. A call upon a person or an authority for proof or decision, in one's favor; reference to another as witness; a call for help or a favor; entreaty.
  21. Resort to physical means; recourse.
  22. Appealable.
  23. A written request to a higher court to modify or reverse the judgment of a trial court or intermediate level appellate court. Normally, an appellate court accepts as true all the facts that the trial judge or jury found to be true, and decides only whether the judge made mistakes in understanding and applying the law. If the appellate court decides that a mistake was made that changed the outcome, it will direct the lower court to conduct a new trial, but often the mistakes are deemed " harmless" and the judgment is left alone. Some mistakes are corrected by the appellate court -- such as a miscalculation of money damages -- without sending the case back to the trial court. An appeal begins when the loser at trial -- or in an intermediate level appellate court -- files a notice of appeal, which must be done within strict time limits ( often 30 days from the date of judgment). The loser ( called the appellant) and the winner ( called the appellee) submit written arguments ( called briefs) and often make oral arguments explaining why the lower court's decision should be upheld or overturned.
  24. To transfer or refer to a superior court or judge; as, to appeal a case.
  25. To refer to another person or tribunal; entreat, call for, or invoke aid, sympathy, or mercy.
  26. A call or invocation for aid or sympathy; the right of referring a judicial decision to a higher court; a call or reference to another for proof.
  27. Appealingly.
  28. To call upon, have recourse to: to refer ( to a witness or superior authority).
  29. To remove a cause ( to another court).
  30. Act of appealing.
  31. Act of appealing; the cause appealed.
  32. To address; to call upon; to refer to.
  33. To remove a cause to a higher court.
  34. To beseech; entreat; awaken response or sympathy; followed by to.
  35. To take ( a cause) to a higher court.
  36. An earnest request; entreaty.
  37. A resort to a higher authority, as for sanction or aid.
  38. The act of appealing; the right of appeal; a summons to answer a charge; a reference to another; recourse.
  39. To remove a cause from an inferior to a superior court.
  40. To refer to a superior judge or court; to refer to another as witness; to invoke aid, pity, or mercy; to have recourse to.
  41. To apply for justice; to refer a disputed matter to another, as to a higher judge or court, or to a superior.
  42. The removing of a cause from a lower to a higher court; a reference to another; an address to the judgment or feelings of an audience; an application for justice.

Usage examples for appeal

  1. " Norman," she said, " let me make one last appeal to you. – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  2. When the last night arrived, he followed her up- stairs, and knocked at her room door, to see her once again, and make one more appeal. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. And Shenac, sweet, kind, merry Shenac Dhu, would never be hard with the lads or little Flora, for she loved them dearly; and it would be better for the children just to have Allister and Shenac Dhu, and no elder sister to appeal to from them. – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
  4. Doesn't it appeal to you, too? – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  5. It is not too late to appeal to their reason; but it might be at any moment. – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
  6. We have seen that certain men of science are inclined to look upon the physical world as a great system, all the changes in which may be accounted for by an appeal to physical causes. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  7. It was lureful in its appeal. – Baree, Son of Kazan by James Oliver Curwood
  8. A reason for an appeal can always be found. – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  9. But of all these there was not one to whom she dared appeal in this, her hour of need. – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  10. Don't you like that honest appeal of his " as was only fair"? – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  11. Doesn't that appeal to a man? – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  12. Therefore, before I can become wife to you these facts must be made public, and I must appeal to the law to free me, lest in days to come others should be troubled. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  13. However that may be, I know you'll not refuse to listen to my appeal. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  14. He wondered if it were possible to appeal once more to her better feelings. – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  15. The last and most moving appeal made to me was that of Monsieur Lafayette. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  16. Neither, Mr. Wilkins observed, did Lady Caroline take any notice of him; she too continued to look at Briggs, and with that odd air of almost appeal. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  17. I knew when I sent for you that I should not appeal to your heart in vain! – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  18. There is no law to which he can appeal, the only law of the land being Gessler's will. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  19. Once again the eyes made their appeal, and the doctor hastened to seek their meaning. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor