Definition of notary in English:

notary

Line breaks: no¦tary
Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊt(ə)ri
 
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(in full notary public)

noun (plural notaries)

  • A person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.
    More example sentences
    • It was drawn up by a notary and was a binding contract.
    • These would be produced - to much hilarity - to notaries when signing legal documents and on other official occasions.
    • The heart of their study is a large sample of loan contracts drawn by Parisian notaries.

Derivatives

notarial

Pronunciation: /nəʊˈtɛːrɪəl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • That the appellant notary acted in accordance with the then general notarial practice does not seem to be contested.
  • The notarial deeds provided by the notary public offices in Shanghai are accepted in over 100 countries, which shows that local notaries' work is highly accurate.
  • Given the vast amount of notarial records, the authors focused on 10 notaries at roughly ten-year increments.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'clerk or secretary'): from Latin notarius 'secretary', from nota 'mark'.

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