Definitions for notaryˈnoʊ tə ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. notary, notary public(noun)

    someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions


  1. notary(Noun)

    A lawyer of noncontentious private civil law who drafts, takes, and records legal instruments for private parties, and provides legal advice, but does not appear in court on clients' behalf.

  2. notary(Noun)

    A notary public, a legal practitioner who prepares, attests to, and certifies documents, witnesses affidavits, and administers oaths.

  3. notary(Noun)

    A lay notary public, who serves as an impartial witness to the signing of important documents, but who is not authorised to practise law.

  4. Origin: From notarie (French: notaire), from notarius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Notary(noun)

    one who records in shorthand what is said or done; as, the notary of an ecclesiastical body

  2. Notary(noun)

    a public officer who attests or certifies deeds and other writings, or copies of them, usually under his official seal, to make them authentic, especially in foreign countries. His duties chiefly relate to instruments used in commercial transactions, such as protests of negotiable paper, ship's papers in cases of loss, damage, etc. He is generally called a notary public

  3. Origin: [F. notaire, L. notarius notary (in sense 1), fr. nota mark. See 5th Note.]

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