An additional signature on a document that has already been signed. The countersignature is provided as confirmation or authentication. In most cases, countersignatures are provided by an official or professional, such as a doctor or attorney. This is done to certify that the action or provisions in the document have been approved by both the signer and the other pertinent party.

Countersignatures are required on many different types of documents. Some countries require countersignatures on passports, and many types of domestic health and legal documents require countersignatures as well. Mortgage paperwork often requires countersignatures in various situations.

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  • countersignature — n. a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed. Syn: countersign. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • countersignature — index affirmance (authentication), affirmance (judicial sanction) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • countersignature — noun see countersign …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • countersignature — /kown teuhr sig neuh cheuhr/, n. a signature added by way of countersigning. [1835 45; COUNTER(SIGN) + SIGNATURE] * * * …   Universalium

  • countersignature — noun A signature made to confirm or endorse another …   Wiktionary

  • countersignature — n. additional signature …   English contemporary dictionary

  • countersignature — coun·ter·signature …   English syllables

  • countersignature — /kaʊntəˈsɪgnətʃə/ (say kowntuh signuhchuh) noun a signature added by way of countersigning …   Australian English dictionary

  • countersignature — A signature, often that of a subordinate, added to the signature of an officer or superior, by way of authentication; an additional signature required by the terms of a written contract, as in the case of the requirement for the signature of a… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • countersignature — noun a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed • Syn: ↑countersign • Derivationally related forms: ↑countersign (for: ↑countersign), ↑countersign • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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