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1. An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication.
2. A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a decision: an appeal to reason; an appeal to her listener's sympathy.
3. Law
a. A higher court's review of the correctness of a decision by a lower court.
b. A case so reviewed.
c. A request for a higher court to review the decision of a lower court.
4. The power of attracting or of arousing interest: a city with special appeal for museumgoers.
v. ap·pealed, ap·peal·ing, ap·peals
1. To make an earnest or urgent request, as for help.
2. To have recourse, as for corroboration; resort: I appeal to your sense of justice.
3. Law To make or request an appeal.
4. To be attractive or interesting: The idea didn't appeal to me. Law
To request for an appeal of (a case) to a higher court for rehearing.
on appeal
In the process of being appealed; while being appealed.

[Middle English apel, from Old French, from apeler, to appeal, from Latin appellāre, to entreat; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

ap·peal′a·bil′i·ty n.
ap·peal′a·ble adj.
ap·peal′er n.
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One that asks a higher authority for something, as a favor or redress:
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In fact it should be mentioned that the appeal is the rejudgement and the audit and review of the rule of the lower court and the Court of Appeals must read analyze and re-examine the subjects, ruling and the protests of the appealer and the answer of the reader [6].
T2) the subjective nature of the suggestion Appealer Element that appeals "He says all this, ok"?
Table 2 Marking of Supportive Moves by Raters Appropriate Inappropriate Disagreement Potentially Mitigating Preparator 20 1 2 Grounder 33 10 1 Imposition minimizer 24 6 1 Appealer 5 2 1 Disarmer 10 2 Promise 4 Confirmation 4 1 Appreciation 133 1 Apology 11 Agreement 73 11 2 Offer of solution: no 5 hearer effort required Suggestion 4 2 2 Concession 10 Sweetener 3 1 Additional request: 8 1 for information Resolution 13 7 Farewell/closing 3 2 1 Potentially Aggravating Moralizing 2 Threat 2 Repeat request 5 6 2 Disagreement 9 28 1 Additional request: 5 17 3 for time Note.