) KEY NOUN:
- An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication.
- 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.
- The transfer of a case from a lower to a higher court for a new hearing.
- A case so transferred.
- A request for a new hearing.
- The power of attracting or of arousing interest: a city with special appeal for museumgoers.
, ap·peals VERB: intr.
VERB: tr. Law
- To make an earnest or urgent request, as for help.
- To have recourse, as for corroboration; resort: I appeal to your sense of justice.
- Law To make or apply for an appeal.
- To be attractive or interesting: The idea didn't appeal to me.
- To transfer or apply to transfer (a case) to a higher court for rehearing.
Middle English apel
, from Old French, from apeler
, to appeal
, from Latin appellre
, to entreat
; see pel-5
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:ap·peala·bili·ty(Noun)