seal

Definition:

a conventional symbol on a document by which a person signifies willingness to be bound by the statements made in the document. Also a device for putting such symbols on documents. Also the capacity to put such symbols on documents. Nowadays the usual form of seal is a red disc of paper, called a ‘wafer’. An incorporated company usually puts its seal on a document by using dies to impress a design on the document and a die used for this purpose is called a ‘company seal’. In the past, pieces of wax or lead were used as seals. A statement in a document on which a seal has been placed is called a statement ‘under seal’.



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