(plural Bates numbers)
- (law) A number affixed to a document indicating its number in a series of documents, usually with respect to evidentiary documents being provided to the other party in a legal proceeding.
(third-person singular simple present Bates numbers, present participle Bates numbering, simple past and past participle Bates numbered)
- To stamp or label documents with Bates numbers.
- 2006, Robert J. MacPherson, Buckner Hinkle, W. Alexander Moseley, Discovery deskbook for construction disputes, p. 73:
Derived from Bates, the surname of the inventor of the first serial number-stamping machine.