• WordNet 3.6
    • n notary someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mummified hand of a notary public, chopped off for falsely certifying a document, has been on display in the city hall of Munster, Germany, as a warning to other notaries for 400 years.
    • Notary (Eng. & Am. Law) 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.
    • Notary One who records in shorthand what is said or done; as, the notary of an ecclesiastical body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n notary In the earlier history of writing, a person whose vocation it was to make notes or memoranda of acts of others who wished to preserve evidence of them, and to reduce to writing deeds and contracts.
    • n notary A public officer authorized by law to perform similar functions, and to authenticate the execution of deeds and contracts, and the accuracy of copies of documents, and to take affidavits and administer oaths. Such an officer, although now commonly spoken of as a notary, is more formally designated as a notary public, or public notary. In England these officers are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the office having arisen under the civil and ecclesiastical law. In France they are appointed by the government, although the power of appointment was formerly claimed by the Pope. In the United States they are appointed in the several States usually by the governor, the power of appointment being defined by the law of the State. The general powers of notaries are not defined by statute, being derived from the civil law and the law merchant; and their official acts, attested by signature and official seal, are generally received in evidence in whatever country they are offered, while similar acts of commissioners and other purely statutory officers are generally receivable only in the jurisdiction for which the officer was appointed, unless specially authenticated by some judicial authority. In various jurisdictions some special powers have been conferred upon notaries besides those derived from the origin and nature of their office.
    • notary Corrupt forms of notory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Notary nō′ta-ri an officer authorised to certify deeds, contracts, copies of documents, affidavits, &c
    • Notary generally called a Notary public—anciently one who took notes or memoranda of others' acts
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  • William Shakespeare
    “O comfort-killing night, image of hell, dim register and notary of shame, black stage for tragedies and murders fell, vast sin-concealing chaos, nurse of blame!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. notaire, L. notarius, notary (in sense 1), fr. nota, mark. See 5th Note


In literature:

Tenant-farmers' wives are often asked to act as notaries in such cases by cottage women on the receipt of letters from their children.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Stebbins were notaries public.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
When her business with the notary had been concluded, Josephine returned to the anteroom where Bonaparte was waiting for her.
"Queen Hortense" by L. Mühlbach
Overtop, being a Notary Public, took the affidavits of these persons as he went along.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
So also were the Grandissimes, or, as the name is signed in all the old notarial papers, the Brahmin Mandarin de Grandissimes.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
He landed here with some men, and took formal possession in presence of a notary and witnesses.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
Even our captain, Luis Marin, and the royal notary Diego de Godoy, were adverse to the plan.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. IV." by Robert Kerr
On the 30th of August, 1831, before Octave de Armas, notary, one E. Soniat Dufossat sold this property to a Madame Lalaurie.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
A woman handed over to you by a notary, how commonplace!
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
A notary-public signed for all the parties to the deed, none of whom could write their names.
"Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)" by Walter Scott

In poetry:

Behold! unto my death bed sent,
The notary draw near;
And, eager for my testament,
Each heritor appear.
"The Legacy" by Ernest Jones
(To Notary) You very, very plain old man,
I love, I love you madly!
CHORUS. You very, very plain old man,
She loves, she loves you madly!
NOTARY. I am a very deaf old man,
And hear you very badly!
"The Sorcerer: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Proper Notarial Practices Essential To Integrity Of Election-Related Documents.
In celebration of American Archives Month, the Clerk of Civil District Court's Notarial Archives Research Center will be offering a series of free tours of its collection and seminars on researching New Orleans house histories.
Six Valley notary publics shut down for immigration fraud.
State investigators told Action 4 news that all six are licensed notaries public but falsely claimed to be able to handle immigration cases.
Photo by Gian DeLoia – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held along Allenhurst Avenue in Ridgway for Russell's Notary Services.
Free Notary Public Seminar in Lexington County.
Unsure how to proceed NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.
Clearview Auto Title & Notary .
I publish this case to remind all brokerage industry employees who are also notaries that we are living in tough times, which prompt folks to do desperate things.
BCCC offers notary -public class.
BCCC's Division of Continuing Education will offer a notary -public class from 6 pm to 9 pm June 5-6 in the auditorium of Building 8 on the BCCC campus.
Managing your third-party service providers to make sure their Notaries are compliant with Notary standards.
A ribbon cutting was held by the Greater Lehigh Chamber of Commerce for the new Gulf Coast Mobile Notary Service, which is owned by Arlene A Mills.
How do I go about properly destroying my old Notary seal.
Disaster Preparedness For Self- Employed Notaries And NSAs.

In science:

In this work, three different types of SF structures differing in size and geometry were prepared and studied: a continuous thinfilm strip of SF bilayer, a macroscopic superconducting S − SF − S bridge (Notarys-Mercereau bridge ), and a one-dimensional chain of submicron (mesoscopic) S −SF −S bridges.
Proximity Effect and Spontaneous Vortex Phase in Planar SF-Structures
Notari, Late time failure of Friedmann equation, Mod.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
When signing a document, a notary can choose to sign this as a notary, or as a private person.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
Furthermore, the impact of user actions depends on their role: a signature of an accountant or a notary represents more legal value.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
Notari, Observational constraints on inhomogeneous cosmological models without dark energy, Class.
Backreaction in late-time cosmology