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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PETITIONED

They exercise daily, and have petitioned to be authorised by their Regency.

The grant, however, was expiring, and he petitioned the queen that it might be renewed.

Congress was petitioned to aid this work of internal improvement.

The lady has not broken her word, nor by me shall she be petitioned to do so.

Then everybody put his things back and petitioned for somebody else's.

After this he petitioned to be a wolf, a gophir, a dog, or a bear—if they would be so obliging.

He petitioned fervently that his younger boy might be spared to him.

But the friar was persistent in his project, and petitioned the Archbishopʼs aid.

The Governor was petitioned; theologians and magistrates were consulted on the subject.

After all, it is a fine thing to be a gentleman, and be petitioned.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity," from Old French peticion "request, petition" (12c., Modern French pétition) and directly from Latin petitionem (nominative petitio) "a blow, thrust, attack, aim; a seeking, searching," in law "a claim, suit," noun of action from past participle stem of petere "to make for, go to; attack, assail; seek, strive after; ask for, beg, beseech, request; fetch; derive; demand, require," from PIE root *pet-, also *pete- "to rush; to fly" (cf. Sanskrit pattram "wing, feather, leaf," patara- "flying, fleeting;" Hittite pittar "wing;" Greek piptein "to fall," potamos "rushing water," pteryx "wing;" Old English feðer "feather;" Latin penna "feather, wing;" Old Church Slavonic pero "feather;" Old Welsh eterin "bird"). Meaning "formal written request to a superior (earthly)" is attested from early 15c.

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