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[n] (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"
[n] attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; "his smile was part of his appeal to her"
[n] request for a sum of money; "an appeal to raise money for starving children"
[n] earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
[v] request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble"
[v] 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"
[v] be attractive to; "The idea of a vacation appeals to me"; "The beautiful garden attracted many people"
[v] take a court case to a higher court for review; "He was found guilty but appealed immediately"
[v] challenge (a decision); "She appealed the verdict"

Antonyms

repel, repulse

Misc. Definitions

\Ap*peal"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appealing}.] [OE. appelen, apelen, to appeal, accuse, OF. appeler, fr. L. appellare to approach, address, invoke, summon, call, name; akin to appellere to drive to; ad + pellere to drive. See {Pulse}, and cf. {Peal}.]
1. (Law) (a) 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. (b) 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.
2. To summon; to challenge. [Archaic] Man to man will I appeal the Norman to the lists. --Sir W. Scott.
3. To invoke. [Obs.] --Milton.
\Ap*peal"\, v. t.
1. (Law) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior judge or court for the purpose of re["e]xamination of for decision. --Tomlins. I appeal unto C[ae]sar. --Acts xxv. 1
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2. 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. I appeal to the Scriptures in the original. --Horsley. They appealed to the sword. --Macaulay.
\Ap*peal"\, n. [OE. appel, apel, OF. apel, F. appel, fr. appeler. See {Appeal}, v. t.]
1. (Law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for re["e]xamination or review. (b) The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected. (c) The right of appeal. (d) 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. (e) An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver. See {Approvement}. --Tomlins. --Bouvier.
2. A summons to answer to a charge. --Dryden.
3. 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. A kind of appeal to the Deity, the author of wonders. --Bacon.
4. Resort to physical means; recourse. Every milder method is to be tried, before a nation makes an appeal to arms. --Kent.

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