self-au·​then·​ti·​cat·​ing ˌself-ə-ˈthen-ti-ˌkā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-authenticating (audio)
: serving to prove oneself to be real, true, or genuine : not requiring extrinsic proof of one's authenticity
The last page of the exhibit contains the raised seal of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the signature of the prothonotary. Thus the document is self-authenticating.Crossley v. Lieberman, 868 F.2d 566 (1989)
self-authenticating evidence

Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-authenticating was in 1834

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“Self-authenticating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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