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1. A solemn supplication or request, especially to a superior authority; an entreaty.
2. A formal written document requesting a right or benefit from a person or group in authority.
3. Law
a. A formal written application seeking a court's intervention and action on a matter: a petition for review of a previous court's decision.
b. A pleading initiating a legal case in some civil courts: a bankruptcy petition.
4. Something requested or entreated: granted our petition.
v. pe·ti·tioned, pe·ti·tion·ing, pe·ti·tions
1. To address a petition to: petitioned the king for a pardon.
2. To ask for by petition; request formally: petitioned that the sentence be reduced.
To make a request, especially formally: petitioned for retrial.

[Middle English peticion, from Old French petition, from Latin petītiō, petītiōn-, from petītus, past participle of petere, to request; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

pe·ti′tion·ar′y (pə-tĭsh′ə-nĕr′ē) adj.
pe·ti′tion·er n.
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Adj.1.petitionary - of the nature of or expressing a petition; "the petitionary procedure had a quality of indecisiveness"
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Lewis is speaking of petitionary prayer, which requests something from God.
Immediately behind him numerous men raise their hands before the grand princess in a petitionary pose, as several courtiers, who stand between her and the crowd, witness the commotion.
One may counter this by suggesting that if one cannot pray for rain, then there is little point in any petitionary prayer.
By marked contrast, liberal and modernist ministers described the very fate of Christian faith as at stake if Americans turned to Sunday's brand of Christianity--a Christianity that included, for example, petitionary prayer.
The genre of some of the Psalms, such as whether they are thanksgiving or petitionary Psalms, can be unclear.
defence of the cogency of this form of petitionary prayer--the Just Ask
The section on du'a' reveals the close integration of these practices to salat, along with tensions over the appropriate subject matter for du'a' (suspicions lingered about the selfishness of petitionary requests) and the theological implications of the potential for du'a' to imply discontent with the will of God.
Moreover, the Law states that no petitionary action can be brought against any decision of the Dubai Judicial Council or Dubai Judicial Authority except through specified appeal procedures.
This volume's special section looks at prayer, exploring such topics as a tangible connection to the divine: an exploration of the power and utility of prayer objects, folding your hands helps God hear you: prayer and anthropomorphism in parents and children, how young adult Middle Eastern Muslims interpret various prayer positions in salat, and a descriptive and exploratory study of whether petitionary prayer is immature but common among Christians.
When I say that my prayers put me in mind of forgiveness, I'm describing a meditative benefit rather than a petitionary one, closer to the inner peace that I sought in the transcendental meditation book than to the favors I requested in "Now I Lay Me"--in the former case, I'm not asking for any blessings that I am not able to confer upon myself.
Similarly, Ernst Ludwig Rathlef recommended a virtuous life in combination with petitionary prayers against locust damage, and Friedrich Christian Lesser believed praying to be supportive against insect pests in general.