One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (especially of a court) concerned with or dealing with applications for decisions to be reversed.
- ‘It is highly usual for an appellate court to get involved in a lawsuit before there is a final judgment in a trial.’
- ‘That question has not been determined by any ultimate appellate court in any common law country.’
- ‘It may be, of course, that the person seeking the intervention of the appellate court will be acquitted.’
- ‘The Ohio intermediate appellate court ordered a new trial on the issue of damages.’
- ‘New disputes have arisen following the decisions in the trial and appellate courts.’
Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘appealed against, accused’): from Latin appellatus ‘appealed against’, from the verb appellare (see appeal). The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.
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