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[sig-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsɪg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
having signed, or joined in signing, a document:
the signatory powers to a treaty.
noun, plural signatories.
a signer, or one of the signers, of a document:
France and Holland were among the signatories of the treaty.
Origin of signatory
1640-50, in earlier sense “used in affixing seals”; 1860-65 for def 2; < Latin signātōrius of, belonging to sealing, equivalent to signā(re) to mark, seal (see sign) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
nonsignatory, adjective, noun, plural nonsignatories. Unabridged
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  • Simply put, it would require signatory countries to agree to enforce legal judgments handed down in other countries.
  • Simply put, it would require the signatory countries to agree to enforce legal judgments handed down in other countries.
  • Its goods might be barred by a signatory to the convention.
  • Companies from signatory nations are committed to capping their greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • The treaty allows either signatory to withdraw with six months' notice.
  • There is going to be a new climate change treaty by the end of the year, and hopefully we'll be a signatory to it.
  • He is a signatory to the opinion piece mainstream science on intelligence.
British Dictionary definitions for signatory


/ˈsɪɡnətərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a person who has signed a document such as a treaty or contract or an organization, state, etc, on whose behalf such a document has been signed
having signed a document, treaty, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Latin signātōrius concerning sealing, from signāre to seal, from signum a mark
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Word Origin and History for signatory

1640s, "used in sealing," from Latin signatorius "of sealing," from signatus, past participle of signare "to sign" (see sign (v.)). Noun sense of "one who signs" (a treaty, etc.) first recorded 1866.

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