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notary public

noun, plural notaries public.
  1. a public officer or other person authorized to authenticate contracts, acknowledge deeds, take affidavits, protest bills of exchange, take depositions, etc.
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Origin of notary public

First recorded in 1490–1500
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Examples from the Web for notary public

Historical Examples

  • Remission in testimony of truth.Juan Soriano, notary-public.

    The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898

    Various

  • These declarations were subscribed by Robert Park, notary-public.

  • A notary-public signed for all the parties to the deed, none of whom could write their names.

  • For this reason the remaining magistracies and offices of notary-public have not been sold.

  • When the moment arrived, the counters were opened in the presence of a notary-public, and the whole was duly counted and recorded.


British Dictionary definitions for notary public

notary public

noun plural notaries public
  1. a public official, usually a solicitor, who is legally authorized to administer oaths, attest and certify certain documents, etc
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