notary public
no·ta·ry public /'nō-tə-rē-/ n pl no·ta·ries public or notary publics [Latin notarius stenographer, from nota note, shorthand character]: a public officer who certifies and attests to the authenticity of writings (as deeds) and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable instruments – called also notary;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

notary public
noun attestor of documents, clerk of the court, commissioner of oaths, functionary, indorser, notary, official, recorder, register, registerer, registrar, scriba, scribe, scrivener, subscriber

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


notary public
n.
A person with the authority to perform a limited range of legal functions such as administering oaths, witnessing signatures, drawing up contracts or deeds, taking depositions, etc.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


notary public
an ancient legal and administrative office found all over Western Europe. Generally, the function is to attest deeds, to witness certain documents, to administer oaths and to execute formalities in relation to bills of exchange and other mercantile paper. The office is common in Scotland.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


notary public
A licensed public officer who administers oaths, certifies documents, and performs other specified functions. Notaries public are usually licensed through the Secretary of State's office in the state where the notary lives. A notary public's signature and seal is required to authenticate the signatures on many legal documents.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


notary public
n. An individual who performs the public functions of witnessing signatures, administering oaths, and comparing documents in order to attest to the validity of copies.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


notary public
A public official whose main powers include administering oaths and attesting to signatures, both important and effective ways to minimize fraud in legal documents.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


notary public
I
A public official whose main powers include administering oaths and attesting to signatures, both important and effective ways to minimize fraud in legal documents.
II A public officer whose function it is to administer oaths, to attest and certify documents, and to take acknowledgments.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

notary public
n.
   a person authorized by the state in which the person resides to administer oaths (swearings to truth of a statement), take acknowledgments, certify documents and to take depositions if the notary is also a court reporter. The signature and seal or stamp of a notary public is necessary to attest to the oath of truth of a person making an affidavit and to attest that a person has acknowledged that he/she executed a deed, power of attorney or other document, and is required for recording in public records. The Secretary of State of each state appoints notaries public for a specified term of years. A notary public must see proof of identity (e.g. driver's license) of those swearing and keep an official journal of documents notarized. The authority is good only in the state which appoints the notary.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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