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French seel, a signet: Latin sigillum, a mark, seal. 1. An instrument for impressing wax made to adhere to a writing, in attestation of the genuineness of the writing or of the deliberation with which it is executed. The impression produced with such instrument. Among the Saxons, seals were little used; their method was for such as could write to subscribe their names, and, whether they could write or not, to affix the sign of the cross.

Source : William C. Anderson, A Dictionary of Law (1893)

Language : English


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