Simple Definition of notary public
law : a person who has the authority to act as an official witness when legal documents are signed
Full Definition of notary public
plural notaries public or notary publics
: a public officer who attests or certifies writings (as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper —called also notary
Origin of notary public
Middle English notary clerk, notary public, from Latin notarius clerk, secretary, from notarius of shorthand, from nota note, shorthand character
First Known Use: 15th century
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