Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Seal Definition:

A waxed impression proving authenticity of a document.

Related Terms: Chirograph

In the common law, the seal was a waxed symbol impressed upon a document to indicate its owner's assent to a document.

As Am. Jur. 2d points out:

"By statute ... in most states in which the seal retains significance, a seal also may take the form of a ... word, scrawl or other sign."

In other words, signatures have replaced the ancient seal.

Am. Jur. 2d continues:

"[I]n early times, documents were commonly authenticated by the use of a seal due to widespread illiteracy."

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