- a signature added to a document previously signed by another, for authentication or confirmation
- a secret sign or signal in answer to another, as in a secret society
- Mil. a secret word or signal which must be given to a guard or sentry by someone wishing to pass; password
When you sign a contract for a loan after the borrower has already signed it, this is an example of a time when you countersign the contract.
transitive verbcoun·ter·signed, coun·ter·sign·ing, coun·ter·signs
- A second or confirming signature on a previously signed document. Also called countersignature .
- a. A sign or signal to be given to a sentry in order to obtain passage; a password.b. A secret sign or signal given in answer to another.
(third-person singular simple present countersigns, present participle countersigning, simple past and past participle countersigned)
From Middle French contresigne
countersign - Legal Definition
- The ministers are required to countersign all acts relating to their respective departments, and are held responsible both before Congress and the courts for their acts.
- (For the ancient magisterial office of consul see separate article above.) A consul, as such, is not invested with any diplomatic character, and he cannot enter on his official duties until a rescript, termed an exequatur (sometimes a mere countersign endorsed on the commission), has been delivered to him by the authorities of the state to which his nomination has been communicated by his own government.