Petition of right
Petition Pe*ti"tion, n. [F. p['e]tition, L. petitio, fr. petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather, or find.] 1. A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power, rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a prayer. [1913 Webster]

A house of prayer and petition for thy people. --1 Macc. vii. 37. [1913 Webster]

This last petition heard of all her prayer. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A formal written request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it; specifically (Law), a supplication to government, in either of its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or right; -- in distinction from a memorial, which calls certain facts to mind; also, the written document. [1913 Webster]

{Petition of right} (Law), a petition to obtain possession or restitution of property, either real or personal, from the Crown, which suggests such a title as controverts the title of the Crown, grounded on facts disclosed in the petition itself. --Mozley & W.

{The Petition of Right} (Eng. Hist.), the parliamentary declaration of the rights of the people, assented to by Charles I. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • petition of right — originally, the means of proceeding against the Crown in a civil action (e.g. breach of contract). The petition of right procedure was rendered obsolete by the passing of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart.… …   Law dictionary

  • Petition of Right —   [pɪ tɪʃn əv raɪt; englisch »Bittschrift um Herstellung des Rechts«], von Sir E. Coke am 8. 5. 1628 im englischen Unterhaus formulierte, am 28. 5. von beiden Häusern verabschiedete und am 7. 6. von Karl I. angenommene Bittschrift, in der der… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Petition of right — (engl., spr. pĭtisch n ŏf reit, d.i. Bittschrift um Herstellung des Rechts), die 1628 vom engl. Parlament dem König Karl I. vorgelegte Beschwerdeschrift, von diesem 7. Juni in allen Punkten (Abgaben an den König nur mit Bewilligung des Parlaments …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Petition of right — This article is about the pre 1948 contractual remedy against the Crown. For the 1628 Act of Parliament that forms part of the constitutional prelude to the English Civil War, see Petition of Right. In English law, a petition of right was a… …   Wikipedia

  • Petition of Right — Die Petition of Right ist eine Petition, die das Parlament von England 1628 an König Karl I. richtete. Es ist ein wichtiges Dokument in der Verfassungsgeschichte Großbritanniens und der Geschichte der Menschenrechte. Das Parlament erhob darin… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Petition of Right — The Petition of Right 1628 was produced by the English Parliament in the run up to the English Civil War. It was addressed to Charles I of England in 1628 but is dated 1627 because it retroactively came into force from the start of the 1627… …   Wikipedia

  • petition of right — Etymology: Middle English : a legal petition formerly used to obtain redress (as possession or restitution of property) from the British Crown for breach of contract or to remedy manifest injustice * * * Petition of Right noun A parliamentary… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Petition of Right — (1628) Petition sent by Parliament to King Charles I complaining of a series of breaches of law. The petition sought recognition of four principles: no taxation without the consent of Parliament, no imprisonment without cause, no quartering of… …   Universalium

  • PETITION OF RIGHT —    a petition presented to Charles I. by the Commons in 1628, and that became law by the king s acceptance of it. It sought for and obtained the abolition of certain grievances which the country unconstitutionally suffered from, such as taxation… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Petition of Right — noun 1》 Brit. historical a parliamentary declaration of rights and liberties of the people assented to by Charles I in 1628. 2》 English Law, chiefly historical a common law remedy against the Crown for the recovery of property …   English new terms dictionary

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