petition for

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: petition

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.
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References in classic literature ?
The auditor wrote out a petition for you," continued Tushin, "and you ought to sign it and ask this gentleman to take it.
So far the petition for Disney to remove 'The Last Jedi' from the official canon has proven the most popular.
The election commission also sent notice to Imran Khan for hearing of Shah Nawaz Dhilon petition for his disqualification and also for a reference forwarded by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, to the commission.
The election commission also sent notice to Imran Khan for hearing of Shah Nawaz Dhilon's petition for his disqualification and also for a reference forwarded by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, to the commission.
Additionally, IPR petitions are often denied if they rely on obviousness as the invalidity basis, but fail to provide sufficient, non-conclusory evidence in the petition for the reasons why and how any prior art references allegedly would have been combined.
Nor is there a formal means in place for referral of a petition for further examination, by a parliamentary committee or otherwise.
A petition for revoking Bieber's green card and deporting him back to his native country Canada has receive that many signatures so far.
There is substantial evidence that the conduct by the victim in the instant case was not sufficiently provocative to require reduction of appellant's offense to manslaughter,'' the state Attorney General's Office wrote in a petition for rehearing.
On October 28, 2004, WEWS, PDP and WKYC filed an involuntary petition for relief under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code against MACS.
REFLECTIONS: In this case, the taxpayer filed a stand-alone petition for review.
Again another local philanthropist was prepared to instigate the petition for Edward, claiming that he "was not a criminal at heart," "had acted on a sudden impulse" and been "led astray by bad company.
Commissioner Gall said she voted to deny the petition for three basic reasons:
The first measure outlined by Rosenthal was the petition for an Antidumping Duty.
An alien filed a petition for habeas corpus challenging his indefinite detention and force-feeding during his hunger strike.
intervention in the Middle East to submit an Indictment, Complaint and Petition for Relief from Genocide by President George Herbert Walker Bush and the United States of America, which he had prepared on behalf of the 4.