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  • n. A sealed legal document, once issued by a monarch or government, granting a right, title etc to a person or corporation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. letters or writs directed to particular persons for particular purposes, and hence closed or sealed on the outside; -- distinguished from letters patent.

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