sub·​no·​ta·​tion | \¦səbˌnōˈtāshən\

Definition of subnotation 

: a written answer to an inquiry addressed by a private citizen upon some matter of law or policy to an emperor, sovereign, or pope

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History and Etymology for subnotation

Late Latin subnotation-, subnotatio act of signing underneath, from Latin subnotatus (past participle of subnotare to mark underneath, from sub- + notare to mark, sign, note) + -ion-, -io -ion

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