Definition of petitory in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɛtɪt(ə)ri/


  • 1Law
    Of a claim: made or established by means of a petition to a court; (Scots Law) characterized by laying claim to something, especially to a title or right of ownership.

    "petitory action" noun Scots Law an action raised by a petition in which a judge is requested to enforce the petitioner's entitlement to certain property rights or credit from the defender.

  • 2Generally. Characterized by asking, soliciting, or entreating; petitionary, supplicatory.


Late Middle English. From classical Latin petītōrius of or concerning a claim to ownership (2nd century a.d.), in post-classical Latin also relating to a request, either from petītor + -ius, suffix forming adjectives, or from petīt-, past participial stem of petere to seek + -ōrius.