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privy seal

(in Great Britain) the seal affixed to grants, documents, etc., that are to pass the great seal, and to documents of less importance that do not require the great seal.
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1250-1300; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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privy seal

(often capitals) (in Britain) a seal affixed to certain documents issued by royal authority: of less rank and importance than the great seal
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