counter-sign

countersign

[n., v. koun-ter-sahyn; v. also koun-ter-sahyn]
noun
1.
a sign used in reply to another sign.
2.
Military. a secret sign that must be given by authorized persons seeking admission through a guarded area.
3.
a signature added to another signature, especially for authentication.
verb (used with object)
4.
to sign (a document that has been signed by someone else), especially in confirmation or authentication.

Origin:
1585–95; counter- + sign, modeled on Middle French contresigne, or its source, Old Italian contrasegno

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countersign
 
vb
1.  (tr) to sign (a document already signed by another)
 
n
2.  Also called: countersignature the signature so written
3.  a secret sign given in response to another sign
4.  chiefly military a password

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countersign
1590s (n.), from O.Fr. contresigne, from contre- "against" (see contra) + signe "sign" (see sign).
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