a public officer authorized to administer oaths, to attest to and certify certain types of
documents, to take depositions, and to perform certain acts in commercial matters. The seal of a notary
public authenticates a document. In some jurisdictions an attorney admitted to practice within the
jurisdiction can act as a notary public. In many jurisdictions private persons can apply for and receive
authority to act as notaries to witness documents.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016