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One who presents a formal, written application to a court, officer, or legislative body that requests action on a certain matter.

In March 1998, Aaron Wallace, president of the National Education Association, announces the collection of more than 400,000 signatures on a petition requesting increased spending on education in the state of Florida.

In legal proceedings initiated by a petition, the respondent is the person against whom relief is sought, or who opposes the petition. One who appeals from a judgment is a petitioner.

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