Definition of appellate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpelət/


[attributive] Law
(Typically of a court) concerned with or dealing with applications for decisions to be reversed.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

Words that rhyme with appellate

Helot, prelate, zealot

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Syllabification: ap·pel·late

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