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ˈnoʊ tə rino·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. notary, notary publicnoun

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


  1. notarynoun

    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. notarynoun

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

  3. notarynoun

    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. Etymology: From notarie (French: notaire), from notarius.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Notarynoun

    An officer whose business it is to take notes of any thing which may concern the publick.

    Etymology: notaire, Fr. from notarius, Latin.

    There is a declaration made to have that very book, and no other set abroad, wherein their present authorised notaries do write those things fully and only, which being written and there read, are by their own open testimony acknowledged to be their own. Richard Hooker.

    Go with me to a notary, seal me there
    Your bond. William Shakespeare, M. of Venice.

    One of those with him, being a notary, made an entry of this act. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    So I but your recorder am in this,
    Or mouth and speaker of the universe,
    A ministerial notary; for ’tis
    Not I, but you and fame that make this verse. John Donne.

    They have in each province, intendants and notaries. William Temple.


  1. Notary

    A notary is a person authorised to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. The form that the notarial profession takes varies with local legal systems.A notary, while a legal professional, is distinct from an advocate in that they do not represent the person who engages their services, or act in contentious matters. The Worshipful Company of Scriveners use an old English term for a notary, and are an association of notaries practising in central London since 1373.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Notarynoun

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

  2. Notarynoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Notary

    nō′ta-ri, n. an officer authorised to certify deeds, contracts, copies of documents, affidavits, &c.—generally called a Notary public—anciently one who took notes or memoranda of others' acts.—adj. Notā′rial.—adv. Notā′rially.—Apostolical notary, the official who despatches the orders of the Pope; Ecclesiastical notary, in the early church, a secretary who recorded the proceedings of councils, &c. [L. notarius.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. notary

    The person legally empowered to attest deeds, protests, or other documents, in order to render them binding.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of notary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of notary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  1. Republican Rep. Christopher Millis:

    Over 250 of the non-citizens were DACA recipients, and over 70 of the non-citizens were individuals of various non-permanent immigration statuses, including one individual slated for final deportation, the hard evidence our office obtained through legislative request proves that there are over 320 notaries commissioned by the Secretary that did not meet the requirements of state law or the stated requirement on the Secretary’s own notary application.

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