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Pronunciation:  'kaûntu`sIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed
  2. [n]  a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password"
  3. [v]  add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity; "You must countersign on this line of the contract"

COUNTERSIGN is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: countersignature, parole, password, watchword, word
 See Also: arcanum, secret, sign, signature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Coun`ter*sign"\ (-s?n`; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Countersigned} (-s?nd`); p. pr. & vb. n. {Countersigning}.]
    [Counter- + sign: cf. F. contresigner.]
    To sign on the opposite side of (an instrument or writing);
    hence, to sign in addition to the signature of a principal or
    superior, in order to attest the authenticity of a writing.
  2. \Coun"ter*sign`\, a.
    1. The signature of a secretary or other officer to a writing
       signed by a principal or superior, to attest its
    2. (Mil.) A private signal, word, or phrase, which must be
       given in order to pass a sentry; a watchword.
Thesaurus Terms
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