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 for The 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
        prayer.
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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.
                                                    --Dryden.
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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
        2).
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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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