from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mechanical device used for writing imitations of a personal signature.

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  • n. A machine that automatically writes a person's signature.


auto- +‎ pen (Wiktionary)


  • Obama auto-pens Patriot Act extension into law CBS/AP WASHINGTON - President Obama has taken advantage of a little-known and infrequently used device called an autopen to put his signature on legislation extending the government's post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists for anther four years.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • In case you are new to the ways of Washington, the autopen is a mechanical device that signs someone's name at the touch of a button.

    Slate Magazine

  • Just a get-well note some intern had produced and signed by autopen.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • We're guessing the president had the legislation signed by an autopen in international waters, just to spite everyone.

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  • The extension of the Patriot Act was signed by an autopen, a machine that can mimic the President's signature, because Barack Obama was in Europe.

    Other Comments

  • President Obama, who is in Europe, authorized the bill to be signed by an autopen, a machine that holds a pen and signs his signature.

    Obama Signs Patriot Act Extension

  • As I recall, Rummy found actually signing the letters that went to families of fallen soldiers too unimportant to actually take up his time, so he had them signed mechanically by an autopen.

    Rumsfeld says Obama made 'bald misstatement'

  • With Obama currently in France, the White House said the president would use an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature.

    Patriot Act provisions extended

  • Minutes before the midnight deadline, the White House said Obama had signed the bill from France using autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature.

    Congress OKs Extending Key Patriot Act Provisions

  • Anyway, after the Senate approved an extension of several Patriot Act provisions yesterday, the president, who is still in Europe, had the bill signed with an autopen at his direction, which is apparently legal.

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