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petition

1. a written document signed by a large number of people demanding some form of action from a government or other authority
2. Law a formal application in writing made to a court asking for some specific judicial action
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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
We learnt, however, as the time went on, that a new application was made to the Lord Chancellor on Richard's behalf as an infant and a ward, and I don't know what, and that there was a quantity of talking, and that the Lord Chancellor described him in open court as a vexatious and capricious infant, and that the matter was adjourned and readjourned, and referred, and reported on, and petitioned about until Richard began to doubt (as he told us) whether, if he entered the army at all, it would not be as a veteran of seventy or eighty years of age.
Allen as to Catherine, petitioned for the pleasure of her company to dinner on the day after the next.
He had petitioned the bishop for an edict which expressly forbade the Bohemian women to come and dance and beat their tambourines on the place of the Parvis; and for about the same length of time, he had been ransacking the mouldy placards of the officialty, in order to collect the cases of sorcerers and witches condemned to fire or the rope, for complicity in crimes with rams, sows, or goats.
The Laundry Workers, but recently organized, were green at the business, and had petitioned Mary Condon to engineer the strike.
Shortly afterwards, finding that he had heavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he petitioned for another change of master.
In a few years the national distress was so great that the Farmer, the Artisan, and the Labourer petitioned the King to reorganize the standing army.