Definition - Noun
1 a  : the act of acknowledging
b  : the act of admitting paternity
compare filiation
2  : a thing done or given in recognition of something received <an ~ came in the mail>
3 a  : a declaration or avowal of one's act or a fact to give it legal validity
: a declaration before a duly qualified public officer (as a notary public) by a person who has executed an instrument that the execution was the person's free act and deed
b  : the formal certificate made by an officer before whom one has acknowledged a deed including as an essential part the signature and often the seal of the officer

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