Is 'appeal' the correct word in:
Method A solves Problem B without appeal to the C-principle.
This sentence tries to say that there is an obvious solution to Problem B that can be found using a very general principle C, but method A is actually a more specialized method tailored to Problem B that is found without using the general solution principle C.
I feel like I am confusing 'appeal' with the similar sounding correct word, since I do know of usages of 'appeal to' that are different from the one I intend (e.g. 'it had no appeal to him').
I couldn't find my intended usage in dictionary entries for 'appeal'