Adjective "appeal" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Make a serious, urgent, or heartfelt request.
  1. 'she appealed to Germany for political asylum'
  2. 'Naturally this is a very serious incident and we are appealing for any of the passengers on the bus to contact us, as they may have seen something or be able to give a description of this man.'
  3. 'In fact, if one day you're on a land mine crusade, appealing for the world's poorest, and the next you're on a luxury yacht in designer clothes, you run the risk of looking like a great big hypocrite.'
  4. 'The country's leaders and all the major parties have been appealing for people to embrace the idea of joining the EU, describing it as the country's surest path to future prosperity.'
  5. 'Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault outside a Richmond bar which has left the victim fighting for his life.'
  6. 'A new congressional report highlights a major reason the administration is now urgently appealing for international help.'
  7. 'Members of the action group also collected names for a petition appealing for the retention of the music school throughout the afternoon.'
  8. 'Police are appealing for Blackburn clubbers to come forward after a serious assault near a town centre night club.'
  9. 'Officers are not connecting the two attempted snatches, but are urgently appealing for witnesses to both incidents.'
  10. 'Anxious residents living near a Morden school are appealing for urgent traffic calming measures at an accident blackspot, which they say has become a daily danger to children.'
  11. 'Thousands of worried residents signed a petition sent to the Government appealing for a replacement post office in the area, but until recently, efforts to relaunch one have failed.'
  12. 'Finally, excessive appealing, looking at the umpire too long for appealing, or not looking at the umpire for appealing will be punishable by burning at the stake.'
  13. 'Morally, there's no difference between a batsman who chooses to stay, knowing that he is out, and a wicketkeeper who appeals against a batsman knowing he isn't.'
Apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.
  1. 'But he is likely to face several court appearances and the process could take months as suspects have the right to appeal against extradition decisions.'
  2. 'If enforcement is authorised, the party against whom enforcement is sought may appeal against the decision within one month of service thereof.'
  3. 'Do you say that the respondent appealed or sought special leave to appeal against that decision?'
  4. 'I appealed to his sense of justice'
  5. 'It appeals to his sense of what can be done to preserve an old building and still keep its ambience.'
  6. 'It is an argument which appeals to the emotions rather than the intellect.'
  7. 'Yet I'm sure it is in part my librarian nature that all this stuff appeals to, this is part of why I love it so.'
  8. 'The whole point about folk and dance music is that it appeals to an organic urge to dance.'
  9. 'Now, record executives are appealing to ethics to urge parents to stamp out pirating.'
  10. 'There are bawdy tales in the Bible and that appeals to a certain part of our personalities.'
  11. 'He appeals to the inner child and creative spark in all of us with his optimistic and humorous joie de vivre.'
Be attractive or interesting.
  1. 'The book will appeal broadly to scholars interested in colonial agriculture and economics.'
  2. 'This group will appeal if your interest lies in a somewhat more contemporary repertory.'
  3. 'He has a very obvious and direct style which appeals to me and obviously a lot of others.'
  4. 'Although I wouldn't want it all the time, the idea of being in control appeals to me.'
  5. 'One of the reasons it appeals to people is because it suggests a story.'
  6. 'It is designed to appeal to people who may not want to approach the police directly.'
  7. 'This event appeals to an array of people, vintage lovers and designer slaves alike.'
  8. 'It will encourage political parties to rethink their approach to appealing to young people.'
  9. 'I read mine regularly and there are particular astrologers whose style appeals to me more than others.'
  10. 'This autobiography will appeal most to those interested in the history of the Chattahoochee Valley.'


A serious, urgent, or heartfelt request.
  1. 'A mother who failed to collect her baby son after leaving him at a childminder's house nearly two weeks ago sparked an urgent appeal from police concerned for her safety.'
  2. 'Health authorities in Kildare have launched a fresh appeal for the mother or father of a baby girl who was abandoned last April to come forward.'
  3. 'Residents said mosques had broadcast appeals for police to return to duty and some had responded.'
  4. 'Her parents made anguished appeals for her return.'
  5. 'Police are launching a fresh appeal following a serious road accident which has left a 17-year-old girl in a critical condition.'
  6. 'There was an urgent appeal for blood donors to treat victims of the crash.'
  7. 'This is an urgent appeal for drivers to deliver meals on wheels.'
  8. 'A Hyndburn stray dogs charity has made a heartfelt appeal for help with a homeless pooch who broke his leg after being knocked down.'
  9. 'Police have issued an urgent appeal for witnesses to come forward and were at the scene on Thursday looking for forensic clues.'
  10. 'An urgent appeal has now gone out from the small group asking for others to help out to keep the festival alive.'
  11. 'A few full-throated appeals for lbw nearly always find the umpire's approval.'
  12. 'He overcame the initial seam movement, two perilously close lbw appeals and a few edgy moments before settling down into a dogged mode.'
  13. 'Now umpires are calling for TV replays to settle LBW appeals.'
  14. 'Her eyes had met Polly's, with a look of appeal that had gone straight to the child's simple heart.'
  15. 'What held my attention, however, was the appeal in his eyes.'
  16. 'She cast a look of appeal at Daisy.'
  17. 'an appeal to their common cultural values'
  18. 'I kept strictly away from the threats, focussing instead on the promises and appeals to reason.'
  19. 'The appeal to his sense of humor and his sense of justice stimulated him, and being a man who already saw what large consequences sometimes flow from small causes he must have been buoyed up by the thought that any of the cases which came before him might set a very important precedent.'
An application to a higher court for a decision to be reversed.
  1. mass noun 'the right of appeal'
  2. 'While some bad decisions get reversed on appeal, that process can take years, which is a long time in a child's life.'
  3. 'At first instance the claim failed, but the decision was reversed on appeal.'
A request for donations to support a charity or cause.
  1. 'The new mayor says his charity appeal will be to support homeless people.'
  2. 'But at the same time, they ran appeals for public funds.'
  3. 'The £360,000 project was made possible by a public appeal which raised £110,000.'
  4. 'The charity launched an appeal in February to raise the £200,000 and has already reached a total of £47,000.'
  5. 'The charity has launched an appeal for public donations.'
  6. 'The appeal aims to raise funds needed for new diagnostic and treatment equipment for the hospital.'
  7. 'The authorities will now promote the appeal for donations and fight to raise £300,000 nationwide to assist with the completion of the centre.'
  8. 'The Red Cross, one of the first charities to launch an appeal, has so far raised £5.25 million.'
  9. 'Money raised by the appeal will fund all three posts for three years.'
  10. 'During the party conference in Blackpool earlier this month, there were appeals for individual donations to help prop up the troubled pension fund for the party's army of front-line staff.'
The quality of being attractive or interesting.
  1. 'Yet it is because these films tackle serious issues in a serious manner that their appeal is limited.'
  2. 'The variety of musical styles and interesting guests had popular appeal.'
  3. 'Rather than an indicator of the quality of British food, the popular appeal of celebrity chefs on British TV is precisely because its direness.'
  4. 'Such events would have huge appeal and ultimately help increase the club status.'
  5. 'The glasses have had more immediate appeal among the youth than the garments, which are suited only for party occasions and cold climes.'
  6. 'He could meet any challenge, he was sure, but waiting to learn what that challenge might be held no appeal at all.'
  7. 'Men and women in these areas had little cause to delay marriage, and prudence had little appeal when there was no chance of ultimate independence.'
  8. 'Although maybe the show's ghastly appeal may attract voyeuristic interest.'
  9. 'Products with the ultimate consumer appeal sometimes come from customers themselves, who provide suggestions.'
  10. 'With that kind of mass appeal, a really solid program could be built to suit a variety of backgrounds.'

More definitions

1. an earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy, etc.; entreaty; petition; plea.

2. a request or reference to some person or authority for a decision, corroboration, judgment, etc.

3. Law. an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal. (in a legislative body or assembly) a formal question as to the correctness of a ruling by a presiding officer. Obsolete. a formal charge or accusation.

4. the power or ability to attract, interest, amuse, or stimulate the mind or

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be appeal for releases."

"people can be appeal to youngs."

"people can be appeal to people."

"shelves can be appeal for aids."

"queues can be appeal for patiences."

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Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apel (noun), apeler (verb), from Latin appellare ‘to address’, based on ad- ‘to’ + pellere ‘to drive’.