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noun [countable] petition pronunciation in American English /pəˈtɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    a document signed by many people that asks someone in authority to do something
    petition against: More than 300 villagers have signed a petition against the construction project.
  2. 2
    legal an official document in which you ask a court to take legal action
    petition for: a petition for divorce
    file a petition: Her lawyer has already filed a petition for her immediate release from prison.


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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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