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notary public -- a public figure authorized to attest to the signing of documents, such as deeds or mortgages. The notary public certifies that he or she has witnessed the signing of the document by also signing the document and affixing his or her official seal.
Notary Public -- A person commissioned by a state for a stipulated period to administer certain oaths and to attest and certify documents. In some countries, the authority of a notary public is much more extensive.
Notary or notary public -- An officer duly commissioned and holding a seal of office who is empowered by law to note protests and certify the same; to take depositions, acknowledgment of deeds and other instruments and authenticate the same by his official certificate, signature and seal. The protest of a bill of exchange (draft) or of a promissory note under a notary's signature and seal is everywhere received as legally authenticated without other evidence of the notary's official character. Formerly this officer was called scrivener or one who attested declarations and made drafts of deeds, wills, etc.
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