birth certificate


Definition of birth certificate 

: a copy of an official record of a person's date and place of birth and parentage

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The new officers denied birth certificates to Rohingya children and charged arbitrary crop taxes, often making farming unsustainable. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 Federal prosecutors say Tijuana resident Andres Avelino Anduaga, 66, somehow obtained a U.S. citizen’s birth certificate in 1980, and then used that identification to obtain a social security number and California driver’s license. Alex Riggins,, "Man who stole government benefits for 37 years is sentenced to 37 months in federal prison," 14 July 2018 Her father, Daniel, received two separate and contradictory birth certificates. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?," 27 June 2018 The relatives contacted a lawyer there and sent him copies of the children’s birth certificates. Annie Correal, New York Times, "Parents and Children Remain Separated by Miles and Bureaucracy," 30 June 2018 The hard turn against Obama was probably inevitable from a man whose rise to political prominence was fueled by a conspiracy theory about Obama’s birth certificate. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018 On all three children’s birth certificates, the family’s address is listed as Kensington Palace. Diana Pearl,, "There Is One Major Difference Between Prince Louis' Birth Certificate and George and Charlotte's," 1 May 2018 Mirian had her identification, her son’s birth certificate, which listed her as his mother, his hospital birth record and his vaccination records. Paloma Esquivel,, "The Trump administration says it's a 'myth' that families that ask for asylum at ports of entry are separated. It happens frequently, records show," 1 July 2018 While his lengthy name and title are listed just like his older siblings’ titles on their birth certificates, there was one more similarity that left many confused. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Is Kate Middleton Listed as a "Princess" in Prince Louis' Birth Certificate?," 1 May 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of birth certificate

: an official document that gives information about a person's birth (such as the person's name, the names of the parents, and the time and place where the birth occurred)

birth certificate

birth cer·​tif·​i·​cate | \-(ˌ)sər-ˈtif-i-kət \

Medical Definition of birth certificate 

: a copy of an official record of a person's date and place of birth and parentage

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