Pet"i*to*ry (?), a. [L. petitorius, fr. petere, petitum, to beg, ask: cf. F. p'etitore.]
Petitioning; soliciting; supplicating.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Petitory suit ∨ action AdmiraltyLaw, a suit in which the mere title to property is litigated and sought to be enforced, as distinguished from a possessory suit; also ScotsLaw, a suit wherein the plaintiff claims something as due him by the defendant.
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