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notary public n
pl: no·ta·ries public or: notary publics
[Latin notarius stenographer, from nota note, shorthand character]
: a public officer who certifies and attests to the authenticity of writings (as deeds) and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable instruments called also notary
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.