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1 : a document containing an official record
2 : an official list [the public relief s]: as
a : a list of members of a legislative body [the clerk called the and recorded the votes]
b : a list of practitioners in a court or the courts of a state usually used in pl.
c : a record kept by an authorized official of persons or property or both that are subject to taxation
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.