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notary public

noun no·ta·ry public \ˈnō-tə-rē-\

law : a person who has the authority to act as an official witness when legal documents are signed

plural notaries public or notary publics

Full Definition of NOTARY PUBLIC

:  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
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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
NOTARY PUBLICS Defined for Kids

notary public

noun no·ta·ry public \ˈnō-tə-rē-\
plural notaries public or notary publics

Definition of NOTARY PUBLIC for Kids

:  a public official who witnesses the making of a document (as a will) and signs it to show that it is authentic

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