signatory

noun

sig·​na·​to·​ry ˈsig-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce signatory (audio)
plural signatories
: a signer with another or others
signatories to a petition
especially : a government bound with others by a signed convention
signatory adjective

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A signatory puts his or her signature on a document that is also signed by others. In 1215 the English barons revolted against King John and forced him to join them as a signatory to the Magna Carta. This agreement stated the barons' own duties to the King but also assigned the barons clear rights and limited the King's power over them. Though the Magna Carta did nothing for the common people, it's often been called the first step toward democracy in the English-speaking countries.

Examples of signatory in a Sentence

a signatory of the Declaration of Independence
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, a version of that same group sent a letter to the Academy decrying the exhibition, with signatories including the executive Casey Wasserman, the actor David Schwimmer, and the showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 17 July 2024 Including among the signatories was Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who is currently serving as the upper chamber’s majority leader and has long been reviled by Republicans. Ken Tran, USA TODAY, 8 July 2024 The White House called attention in its release to Republican signatories including Justice Robert Edmunds and Justice Barbara Jackson on the letter from the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. Lucy Marques, Charlotte Observer, 3 July 2024 Under the Rome Statue, any country that is a signatory is obliged to arrest and hand over anyone facing an ICC arrest warrant. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for signatory 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin signatorius of sealing, from signare

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of signatory was in 1826

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“Signatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signatory. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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signatory

noun
sig·​na·​to·​ry ˈsig-nə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce signatory (audio)
plural signatories
: a signer with another or others
signatories to a petition
especially : a government bound with others by a signed convention
signatory adjective

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