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n. pl. no·ta·ries
A notary public.

[Middle English notarie, from Old French notaire, notarie, from Latin notārius, relating to shorthand, shorthand writer, from nota, mark; see note.]
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n, pl -ries
1. (Law) a notary public
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
3. archaic a clerk or secretary
[C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note]
notarial adj
noˈtarially adv
ˈnotaryship n
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(ˈnoʊ tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
2. Obs. a clerk or secretary.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk = not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary]
no′ta•ry•ship`, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.notary - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositionsnotary - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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[ˈnəʊtərɪ] N (also notary public) → notario/a m/f
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[ˈnəʊtəri] n (also notary public) → notaire m
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notary (public)

nNotar(in) m(f); attested by (a) notarynotariell beglaubigt
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[ˈnəʊtərɪ] n (also notary public) → notaio
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References in classic literature ?
At this moment a servant announced two notaries, accompanied by witnesses.
le Baron di Piombo?" began the oldest of the notaries.
Accustomed to feign much interest in the persons with whom they deal, notaries have at last produced upon their features a grimace of their own, which they take on and off as an official "pallium." This mask of benevolence, the mechanism of which is so easy to perceive, irritated Bartolomeo to such an extent that he was forced to collect all the powers of his reason to prevent him from throwing Monsieur Roguin through the window.
The notaries looked at each other, as if in consultation, and finally rose and walked to the window.
There is nothing more horrible than the coolness and precise reasoning of notaries amid the many passionate scenes in which they are accustomed to take part.
The younger of the two notaries and one of the witnesses threw themselves before Ginevra; but Piombo knocked them violently down, his face on fire, and his eyes casting flames more terrifying than the glitter of the dagger.
3 (BNA): Ten jurists and lawyers took the oath before Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, after having satisfactorily passed the requirements of licensure to serve as private notaries in Arabic.
Bishkek hosted a round table discussions on Latin model of notaries and international experience in the development of notarial activities on July 3.
On the other hand, President Aoun met with President of the Council of Notaries, Joseph Hassib Beshara, accompanied by a delegation of candidates who passed the notary publics examinations.
The new electronic system enables receiving and reviewing notaries; registering, printing transactions and obtaining stakeholders' signatures, with the ability of online archiving for central database authentication, along with submitting completed transactions to notary services.
Consumers, courts, and law officials understand that Notaries Public are trusted individuals commissioned by their states to help protect the public from fraud when they place their seal on documents.