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1Law. Of a claim: made or established by means of a petition to a court; (Scottish Law) characterized by laying claim to something, especially to a title or right of ownership.
2Generally. Characterized by asking, soliciting, or entreating; petitionary, supplicatory.
Late Middle English. From classical Latin petītōrius of or concerning a claim to ownership (2nd cent. 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.
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