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certificate

Vox populi An official document generated by the appropriate federal, state, or other authorizing body attesting to a certain fact. See Birth certificate, Death certificate, Digital certificate, Employee certificate of insurance, Group certificate, Security certificate.

certificate

written certification of an examination, treatment, necropsy carried out by a veterinarian. Because the certificates are often the instruments on which compensation is made and lawsuits decided they are very important to the reputation of the veterinarian who prepares them and to the profession and its status in the community. The two areas of common error are the incomplete certificate that omits critical matters, especially the accurate identification of the patient, and the omission of the required entries which are left for the owner to complete, providing an opportunity and temptation to defraud.
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As he pointed to the certificate, that faint breath of air among the shrubs beneath the window, which had startled Miss Garth, stirred the leaves once more.
You have my certificate in your hand with the rest, you know, and will reserve my place.
I am quite willing --I believe I use a legal phrase--to admit the certificate.
And there the following certificate was drawn up in the terms in which it appears to-day, in the archives of the Royal Geographical Society of London:
Cornelius replied that undoubtedly his godfather could not have thought that there was any risk for the safety of his deposit, hidden as it was in a press which was looked upon as sacred as the tabernacle by the whole household of Van Baerle; and that consequently he had considered the certificate as useless.
In the absence of any such proof, and in the face of the evidence of two eminent physicians, it is impossible to dispute the statement on the certificate that his lordship died a natural death.
HAVING been summoned to serve as a juror, a Prominent Citizen sent a physician's certificate stating that he was afflicted with softening of the brain.
The lawyer, left alone with the disowned and deserted woman, put the useless certificate silently on the table.
It didn't strike me at the time that a Board of Trade certificate does not make an officer, not by a long long way.
Wilkins nor myself could give a death certificate under the circumstances.
Miss B'retta Sprowls--you may have heard of her--Oh, that was just the stage names --right there over the dresser is where the marriage certificate hung, framed.
But I say," Stepan Arkadyevitch said to him one day after he had come back from the country, where he had got everything ready for the young people's arrival, "have you a certificate of having been at confession?

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