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 Mail ballot voters must have their ballot signature witnessed by someone 18 years old or older or by an authorized official, like a notary public or municipal clerk. CBS News, 18 Sep. 2020 There was no answer to a phone number connected to his business as a notary public in Cottonwood, a city south of Sedona in Arizona's Verde River valley. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 The affidavit’s authenticity was verified by News-Press Now, who reported that it was notarized by a notary public and signed by a witness whose name, however, is illegible. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 5 July 2021 Two days later, Julia Carlson, a Washington state notary public, showed up at the park and shook hands across the border with an American couple living in Canada. Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 That means finding a notary public, opponents argue, to sign off on what's an intensely personal procedure. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Apr. 2021 Including Whoop, which sells a wristband that monitors the wearer’s health; ButcherBox, which delivers an array of high-quality meats; and Notarize, which provides online notary public services. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Feb. 2021 The author is a mobile notary public in Laguna Beach. Suzi Scallon, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2020 North Carolina is one of eight states with witness and or notary public requirements for absentee ballots, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, 22 Sep. 2020

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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notary public

noun

English Language Learners Definition of notary public

: 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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