[noun, verb koun-ter-sahyn; verb koun-ter-sahyn]
- a sign used in reply to another sign.
- Military. a secret sign that must be given by authorized persons seeking admission through a guarded area.
- a signature added to another signature, especially for authentication.
- to sign (a document that has been signed by someone else), especially in confirmation or authentication.
Origin of countersign
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Examples from the Web for countersigned
My request was countersigned by Clotilde, and this was irresistible.
The ministers, one after another, countersigned the ordinances.Louis Philippe
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The whole was signed by the king's own hand and countersigned by the cardinal.Lord Montagu's Page
G. P. R. James
This evidence was also taken down and signed and countersigned.The Humour and Pathos of Anglo-Indian Life
The decree was signed by Charles and countersigned by Aranda and then sent out.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
- (tr) to sign (a document already signed by another)
- Also called: countersignature the signature so written
- a secret sign given in response to another sign
- mainly military a password
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Word Origin and History for countersigned
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