Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a court appeal; appellate.
  • n. One who appeals a court decision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to appeals
  • n. a litigant or party that is making an appeal in court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to an appeal; appellate.
  • n.
  • n. One who accuses another of felony or treason.
  • n. One who appeals, or asks for a rehearing or review of a cause by a higher tribunal.
  • n. A challenger.
  • n. One who appealed to a general council against the bull Unigenitus.
  • n. One who appeals or entreats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Appealing; relating to appeals; appellate.
  • n. In law: One who appeals or removes a cause from a lower to a higher tribunal.
  • n. One who prosecutes another for a crime, such as felony or treason.
  • n. One who looks to any tribunal for corroboration or vindication.
  • n. One who challenges or summons another to single combat.
  • n. Eccles., one of the French clergy who, in the Jansenist controversy, rejected the bull Unigenitus, issued in 1713 by Pope Clement XI. against Quesnel's “Réflexions morales sur le Nouveau Testament,” and appealed to the pope “better informed,” or to a general council.
  • n. One who appeals or presents a request.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the party who appeals a decision of a lower court
  • adj. of or relating to or taking account of appeals (usually legal appeals)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French apelant, from present participle of apeler, to appeal; see appeal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, from Old French apelant (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The evidence disclosed that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was the sole manufacturer of the tobacco, and that this company manufactured the identical plug which contained the rotten toe; the tobacco in question was sold by the manufacturer to the other defendant, the Corr-Williams Company, and resold by the latter company to a retailer in Jackson, and was bought by appellant from the retailer.

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  • In relation to the sentence of Turner it is said that there was an insufficient basis for concluding that the appellant was a dangerous offender for the purposes of imposing an extended sentence, and secondly, that there was unfair disparity between two sentences that of Mr Turner and that of his co-accused, and thirdly, that the custodial element of the sentence was too long.

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  • The facts, as presented, suggest that the appellant was the unwitting user of counterfeit currency.

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  • The driver of the van, later identified as appellant, pulled up to the entrance of the building and rolled down her window.

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  • There were only a small minority who had demonstrated a change for the better and gone on to lead lawful and purposeful lives and he strongly believed that the appellant was a changed person who had realised the gravity of his index offence and if given a chance would prove himself worthy of trust.

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  • The appellant was the plaintiff in an individual action in New York who became a member of the class and objected.

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  • He listed these as: The appellant was a first offender; the appellant and complainant were no strangers to each other they were lovers and said: "But for the presence of another person, the appellant and complainant would probably have had consensual intercourse."

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  • In the view of one party, a party which even among the Whig peers was probably a minority, the appellant was a man who had rendered inestimable services to the cause of liberty and religion, and who had been requited by long confinement, by degrading exposure, and by torture not to be thought of without a shudder.

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