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petition for (something)

1. To make a formal request via an organized group, and especially in writing, for something to be granted or changed. We've been petitioning for better healthcare laws for the last 15 years. The worker's union petitioned for farer wages and better working hours for all employees of the company.
2. To address a formal request to some person or body of authority for something to be granted or changed. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "petition" and "for." Students from around the country have begun petitioning the government for free public education. You can petition your case worker for an extension on your deadline if you need one.
See also: for, petition
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petition someone or something for something

to make a formal request of someone or a group for something. They petitioned us for an end to the stringent dress code. We had to petition the upper administration for a revision in the policy.
See also: for, petition
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Whoever posted this petition presumably had the best of intentions.
She said that the tribunal had equally concluded the petition filed by Dr.
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A SC bench heard the petitions filed by non-teaching staff against the non-issuance of salaries from education department but it threw out their petition.
For immediate relatives, eligibility is determined as of the date the petition was filed.
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The disqualification petition was filed by the Lawyers Foundation for Justice in November 2018.
The Registrar Office of the apex court returned the petition and objected that many pages of petition filed in the Lahore High Court were not readable and asked the petitioner to submit a clear copy of documents attached with the petition.
The petition will be heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear on May 3 former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's petition seeking an extension in the bail granted to him on medical grounds.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): A review petition has been filed before the Supreme Court in connection with a plea requesting the court to issue guidelines to the Centre to frame rules regarding prevention of fake news on social media platforms.
Trade and other unsecured creditors concerned about a debtor's nonpayment of their claims may consider joining an involuntary bankruptcy petition against that debtor.
Because petitioner failed to obtain the Fourth Circuit's authorization to file a successive habeas petition as required under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the court lacks jurisdiction and the claim must be dismissed.