proxy /'präk-sē/ n pl prox·ies [Middle English procucie, contraction of procuracie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin procuratia, alteration of Latin procuratio appointment of another as one's agent]
1: the act or practice of a person serving as an authorized agent or substitute for another
— used esp. in the phrase by proxy
2 a: authority or power to act for another
b: a statement or document giving such authorization; specif: an oral consent or written document (as a power of attorney) given by a stockholder to a specified person or persons to vote corporate stock
3 a: a person authorized to act or make decisions for another
appointed a health-care proxy
b: something serving to replace or substitute for another thing

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

I noun agency, agent, authority to act for another, broker, delegate, deputy, dummy, emissary, envoy, lieutenant, messenger, procurator, representation, representative, substitute, substitution, surrogate, vicarius, written authorization associated concepts: proxy statement, solicitation of proxy II index agency (legal relationship), agent, attorney in fact, conduit (intermediary), deputy, plenipotentiary, proctor, procurator, replacement, substitute, surrogate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Under the Companies Act 1985, a shareholder may appoint another person as his proxy to attend a general meeting of the company in his place and vote for him, either in accordance with his directions or as his proxy sees fit. The appointment of a proxy is in writing on a standard form and must usually be logged with the company at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

A substitute, deputy, or agent; a person authorized to act on behalf of someone else, especially someone allowed to vote for stockholders in a corporate election.

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

1. a person appointed by a company member to attend and vote in place of the member at a company meeting.
2. the instrument appointing a person to act as proxy.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) Someone who is authorized to serve in one's place at a meeting, and particularly to cast a vote.
2) The written authority given to someone to act or vote in someone's place. A proxy is commonly given to cast a shareholder's vote at a meeting of shareholders.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Authorisation that another may cast a shareholder's vote. Any member entitled to attend and vote at a company meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of him.
+ proxy
As applies to stockholders' meetings, a power of attorney allowing specified designees (if the proxy is being solicited by the company, the designees are usually specified members of the company's management) to vote the shares owned by a stockholder for a particular purpose and in a particular manner.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 One who receives the authority to speak for or act for another. A proxy is often allowed to vote in place of a corporation's stockholder(s) at a periodic meeting.
2 The authority itself.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A representative; an agent; a document appointing a representative.

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

A representative; an agent; a document appointing a representative.
II The instrument authorizing one person to represent, act, and vote for another at a shareholders' meeting of a corporation.

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

   1) someone who is authorized to serve in one's place at a meeting, particularly with the right to cast votes.
   2) the written authority given to someone to act or vote in someone's place. A proxy is commonly given to cast a stockholder's votes at a meeting of shareholders, and by board members and convention delegates.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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