under seal


  • General legal English
  • Contract Law

Definitions of under seal

  • of an official document signed and including the seal or stamp of the signer

    Most UK corporate contracts do not have to be made under seal.

Phrase Bank for under seal

  • The document was signed as a deed under seal.

  • A contract under seal is always valid.

  • A deed is also known as a document under seal.

Additional Notes for under seal

  • Historically, seals were made of wax or another adhesive substance. Today, a seal is usually stamped or embossed (=stamped using a special tool that makes a raised mark) on a legal document in order to authenticate it eg a notary stamp or a corporate seal. Although in the past legal papers had to be signed, sealed and delivered, most jurisdictions no longer require documents to be under seal.