attesting witness

One who signs his name to an instrument, at the request of the party or parties, for the purpose of proving and identifying it
See also attestation.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • witness — verb To subscribe one s name to a deed, will, or other document, for the purpose of attesting its authenticity, and proving its execution, if required, by bearing witness thereto. See also affirmation attest jurat verification noun …   Black's law dictionary

  • Attesting — Attest At test , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attesting}.] [L. attestari; ad + testari to bear witness: cf. F. attester.] 1. To bear witness to; to certify; to affirm to be true or genuine; as, to attest the truth of a writing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • witness — n. & v. n. 1 a person present at some event and able to give information about it (cf. EYEWITNESS). 2 a a person giving sworn testimony. b a person attesting another s signature to a document. 3 (foll. by to, of) a person or thing whose existence …   Useful english dictionary

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