Adjective "appellate" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(especially of a court) concerned with or dealing with applications for decisions to be reversed.
  1. 'It is highly usual for an appellate court to get involved in a lawsuit before there is a final judgment in a trial.'
  2. 'New disputes have arisen following the decisions in the trial and appellate courts.'
  3. 'That question has not been determined by any ultimate appellate court in any common law country.'

More definitions

1. of or relating to appeals.

2. having the power or authority to review and decide appeals, as a court.

More examples(as adjective)

"courts can be appellate."

"jurisdictions can be appellate."

"committees can be appellate."

"judges can be appellate."

"decisions can be appellate."

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Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘appealed against, accused’): from Latin appellatus ‘appealed against’, from the verb appellare (see appeal). The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.