What does the word petition mean?

Usage examples for petition

  1. Now the Corcyraeans believe that with their petition for assistance they can also give you a satisfactory answer on these points, and they have therefore dispatched us hither. – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  2. The man, Kalubi, thought that I had refused his petition and became terribly agitated. – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  3. It did not strike, it went on its knees to Congress instead, and here's part of the written petition it made. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole