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Definition of deed poll in English:

noun

English Law
A legal deed made and executed by one party only, especially to formalize a change of a person’s name: he changed his name by deed poll

Origin

late 16th century: so named because the parchment was ‘polled’ or cut cleanly, not indented at the edges as in the case of a deed made by two parties.

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