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seal

(1) An embossed impression created by a metal die pressed upon paper.A notary public seal, a corporate seal,or a government agency seal are all proof that the signature of that person is genuine and authorized,because they would not otherwise have access to the embosser to create the seal.(2) Originally,an impression made in wax upon a contract.It took the place of reciting consideration, having a signature, or having witnesses for the contract. Today, some statutes allow certain symbols,such as the initials “l.s.”to take the place of a seal,transforming a standard contract into one “under seal.”Where still recognized, contracts under seal may have a longer statute of limitations than others.

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The sealing-wax had gone, and she had become quite black; but black makes one look very slim, and so she thought she was even finer than before.
broke the stick of sealing-wax and seemed dumb- founded by the accident.
The long list of names for muninga includes the colorful bloodwood, Transvaal teak, and sealing-wax tree.