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ap·peal  audio  (-pl) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication.
  2. A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a decision: an appeal to reason; an appeal to her listener's sympathy.
  3. Law
    1. The transfer of a case from a lower to a higher court for a new hearing.
    2. A case so transferred.
    3. A request for a new hearing.
  4. The power of attracting or of arousing interest: a city with special appeal for museumgoers.
VERB:
ap·pealed, ap·peal·ing, ap·peals
VERB:
intr.
  1. To make an earnest or urgent request, as for help.
  2. To have recourse, as for corroboration; resort: I appeal to your sense of justice.
  3. Law To make or apply for an appeal.
  4. To be attractive or interesting: The idea didn't appeal to me.
VERB:
tr.
Law
To transfer or apply to transfer (a case) to a higher court for rehearing.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English apel, from Old French, from apeler, to appeal, from Latin appellre, to entreat; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
ap·peala·bili·ty(Noun), ap·peala·ble(Adjective), ap·pealer(Noun)


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