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[Medieval Latin teste meipso (or seipso) by my (or his) own witness]
1 : the witnessing or concluding clause of an instrument (as a writ)
2 : witness used esp. formerly to indicate that what follows is named as authority for what precedes
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.