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1. An application for the removal of a cause or suit from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reexamination or review. The mode of proceeding by which such removal is effected.

The right of appeal.

An accusation; a process which formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered, rather than for the offense against the public.

An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices, which accomplice was then called an approver. See Approvement.

2. A summons to answer to a charge.

3. A call upon a person or an authority for proof or decision, in one's favor; reference to another as witness; a call for help or a favor; entreaty. A kind of appeal to the Deity, the author of wonders. (Bacon)

4. Resort to physical means; recourse. Every milder method is to be tried, before a nation makes an appeal to arms. (Kent)

Origin: oe. Appel, apel, OF. Apel, f. Appel, fr. Appeler. See appeal.