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 for Petition of right
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Petition \Pe*ti"tion\, n. [F. p['e]tition, L. petitio, fr.
     petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather,
     or find.]
     1. A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty;
        especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer
        to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power,
        rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a
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              A house of prayer and petition for thy people. --1
                                                    Macc. vii. 37.
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              This last petition heard of all her prayer.
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     2. A formal written request addressed to an official person,
        or to an organized body, having power to grant it.
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     3. Specifically: (Law), A request to government, in either of
        its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or
        right, or for the legislature to take a specific action;
        -- in distinction from a memorial, which calls certain
        facts to mind. The petition may be signed by one or any
        number of persons.
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     4. The written document containing a petition (senses 1 or
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     Petition of right (Law), a petition to obtain possession or
        restitution of property, either real or personal, from the
        Crown, which suggests such a title as controverts the
        title of the Crown, grounded on facts disclosed in the
        petition itself. --Mozley & W.
     The Petition of Right (Eng. Hist.), the parliamentary
        declaration of the rights of the people, assented to by
        Charles I.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PETITION OF RIGHT, Eng. law. When the crown is in possession, or any title 
  is vested in it which is claimed by a subject, as no suit can be brought 
  against the king, the subject is allowed to file in chancery a petition of 
  right to the king. 
       2. This is in the, nature of an action against a subject, in which the 
  petitioner sets out his right to that which is demanded by him, and prays 
  the king to do him right and justice; and, upon a due and lawful trial of 
  the right, to make him restitution. It is called a petition of right, 
  because the king is bound of right to answer it, and let the matter therein 
  contained be determined in a legal way, in like manner as causes between 
  subject and subject. The petition is presented to the king, who subscribes 
  it, with these words, soit droit fait al partie, and thereupon it is 
  delivered to the chancellor to be executed according to law. Coke's Entr. 
  419, 422 b; Mitf. Eq. Pl. 30, 31; Coop. Eq. Pl. 22, 23. 

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