Legal Dictionary


Legal Definition of appeal


  1. To ask a more senior court or person to review a decision of a subordinate court or person. In some countries such as Canada, the USA and Australia, appeals can continue all the way up to the Supreme Court, where the decision is final in that it can no longer be appealed. That is why it is called "supreme" (although, in Australia the supreme court is called the High Court).

Definition of appeal

Alternative forms

  • appel (15th - 16th centuries)


    From Old French apeler, from Latin adpellare.



to appeal (third-person singular simple present appeals, present participle appealing, simple past and past participle appealed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To accuse (someone of something).

    * 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII:
    And there opynly Sir Mador appeled the quene of the deth of hys cousyn Sir Patryse.

  2. (transitive, law, chiefly US) 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. --Tomlins.

    I appeal unto Cæsar. --Acts xxv. 11.
    (intransitive, law)

  3. (transitive) 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.
  4. (intransitive) To be attractive; as, that idea appeals to me means I find the idea attractive.
  5. (intransitive, cricket) To ask an umpire for a decision of whether a batsman is out or not

Derived terms

  • appeal to


appeal (plural appeals)

  1. (law) (a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reëxamination 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. --Tomlins. --Bouvier.
  2. A summons to answer to a charge. --John 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. -Francis Bacon.

  4. Resort to physical means; recourse.
  5. The power to attract or interest
  6. (cricket): the act, by the fielding side, of asking an umpire for a decision of whether a batsman is out or not.

Derived terms

  • sex appeal

See also

External links

  • appeal at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • appeal in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Further reading

In law, an appeal is a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision.

The specific procedures for appealing, including even whether there is a right of appeal from a particular type of decision, can vary greatly from country to country. Even within a jurisdiction, the nature of an appeal can vary greatly depending on the type of case.

An appellate court is a court that hears cases on appeal from another court. Depending on the particular legal rules that apply to each circumstance, a party to a court case who is unhappy with the result might be able to challenge that result in an appellate court on specific grounds. These grounds typically could include errors of law, fact, or procedure (in the United States, due process).

In different jurisdictions, appellate courts are also called appeals courts, courts of appeals, superior courts, or supreme courts.


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Translation of appeal in Malay



application for the removal of a cause to a superior judge for reexamination

  1. rayuan


1.     lex fori
2.     landed property
3.     lex situs
4.     respondent
5.     default judgment
6.     tort law
7.     living will
8.     lex causae
9.     law
10.     salacious