Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The witnessing of a signature and subscription as a witness thereto. See 43 Am. St. Rep. 118.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The act of witnessing an instrument in writing, at the request of the party making the same, and subscribing it as a witness. See Attest. Execution and attestation are clearly distinct formalities; the former being the act of the party, the latter of the witnesses only.
    —Attestation clause. That clause wherein the witnesses certify that the instrument has been executed before them, and the manner of the execution of the same.
    —Attesting witness. One who signs his name to an instrument, at the request of the party or parties, for the purpose of proving and identifying it. Skinner v. Bible Soc., 92 Wis. 209, 65 N. W. 1037.