notary public

noun
no·​ta·​ry public | \ ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio) \
plural notaries public or notary publics

Definition of notary public

: a public officer who attests or certifies writings (such as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper

called also notary

Examples of notary public in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Alabama requires a copy of the voter’s ID to be included and either two witnesses older than 18 or a notary public must sign the envelope in addition to the voter. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: All mailed ballots — called 'absentee' and not — require voter verification," 5 Sep. 2020 Every t will be crossed, crossed again, then crossed again in the presence of a notary public. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Clinesmith, the Russia Lie, and the Deep State," 18 Aug. 2020 Carroll, who also happened to be a 300-pound bear, pounced into action the moment John Ziegler, a Florida notary public, announced that the time had come to exchange wedding rings. New York Times, "Their Ring Bearer Was a Bear," 17 Apr. 2020 In North Carolina, another critical battleground, absentee ballots require either the signature of two witnesses or the seal of a notary public. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans repulse Democrats’ effort to change voting laws under cover of pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 Land transfers are handled by a Mexican notary public. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "House Hunting in Mexico: A Balinese-Style Compound for $595,000," 8 Apr. 2020 Ohio law requires that living wills and health care powers of attorney be signed by two witnesses or signed in front of a notary public. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Why everyone needs a living will and health care power of attorney: Health Matters," 8 Mar. 2020 The residency and custody affidavit provided must be signed in the presence of a notary public. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Tri-C helps North Olmsted woman explore, find new career in nursing: A Place in the Sun," 23 Dec. 2019 But the tactics require people to knock on doors, and notary publics to notarize the affidavits. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Boss Madigan and the icy heart of the 13th Ward," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of notary public

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for notary public

Middle English notary clerk, notary public, from Latin notarius clerk, secretary, from notarius of shorthand, from nota note, shorthand character

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“Notary public.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notary%20public. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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notary public

noun
How to pronounce notary public (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of notary public

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

notary public

noun
no·​ta·​ry public | \ ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio) \
plural notaries public or notary publics

Kids Definition of notary public

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

notary public

noun
no·​ta·​ry public | \ ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio) \
plural notaries public or notary publics

Legal Definition of notary public

: 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

History and Etymology for notary public

Latin notarius stenographer, from nota note, shorthand character

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