notaryship

notary

[noh-tuh-ree]
noun, plural notaries.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk, equivalent to not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary

notaryship, noun
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notary (ˈnəʊtərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a notary public
2.  (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
 
no'tarially
 
adv
 
'notaryship
 
n

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notary
c.1300, "clerk, secretary," from O.Fr. notarie, from L. notarius "shorthand writer, clerk, secretary," from notare, "to note," from nota "shorthand character, letter, note" (see note). Meaning "person authorized to attest contracts, etc." is from 1340; esp. in notary public
(1494), which has the Fr. order of subject-adj.
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