signatory

noun
sig·na·to·ry | \ˈsig-nə-ˌtȯr-ē \
plural signatories

Definition of signatory 

: a signer with another or others signatories to a petition especially : a government bound with others by a signed convention

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Other Words from signatory

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

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The reason for this is simple: Withdrawing from the agreement – over the opposition of all its other signatories – requires accepting immense diplomatic costs with little discernible benefit. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trumpism Is Having Its Best Week Ever," 10 May 2018 Her duties included processing checks to vendors who provided food, labor and utilities to the restaurants, giving her signatory power over the restaurants’ bank accounts. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-bookkeeper for restaurants Blackbird and Avec charged with stealing $600,000," 4 Apr. 2018 The signatories on the letter include James Beard award nominees and winners Ryan Prewitt, Stephen Stryjewski, Justin Devillier, Nina Compton, Michael Stoltzfus, Kristen Essig, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Couple sells everything to live on a sailboat; it sinks on day 2: report," 10 Feb. 2018 Another known as Methane Guiding Principles claims some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies as signatories. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "Gas Industry Grapples with Culpability," 29 June 2018 Numerous voters listed as signatories on petitions filed by Smith similarly denied ever having signed them. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Lawsuit: 'Extensive and pervasive petition fraud' with Senate candidates' signatures," 11 June 2018 France, Britain and Germany, as signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, had been discussing new sanctions against Iran as part of their effort to persuade President Trump to keep to the Iran deal. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Italy’s New Government Will Challenge the E.U. at Its Heart," 23 May 2018 Despite the symbolism of that move, Iranian leaders are hoping to save the agreement by working with the European, Russian, and Chinese signatories who remain onboard despite Trump’s withdrawal. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Iranian Lawmakers Burn U.S. Flag, Question Trump’s ‘Mental Capacity’ After Nuclear Deal Pullout," 9 May 2018 Some were aimed at Cuba becoming a signatory to more international human rights conventions, but others like those from the United States were more pointed. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "U.N. members offer 339 suggestions on how Cuba can improve human rights record | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of signatory

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for signatory

Latin signatorius of sealing, from signare

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signatory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of signatory

: a person, country, or organization that has signed an official document

signatory

noun
sig·na·to·ry | \ˈsig-nə-ˌtōr-ē \
plural signatories

Legal Definition of signatory 

: a signer with another or others signatories to a petition especially : a government bound with others by a signed convention

Other Words from signatory

signatory adjective

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