handwriting(redirected from penmanship)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
handwritingnoun autography, calligraphy, chirography, cursive writing, hand, longhand, manus, pencraft, penmanship, script, scription, style of penmanship, writing
Associated concepts: forgery, handwriting expert, handwrittng sample, holographic wills
See also: script
HANDWRITING, evidence. Almost every person's handwriting has something
whereby it may be distinguished from the writing of others, and this
difference is sometimes intended by the term.
2. It is sometimes necessary to prove that a certain instrument or name is in the handwriting of a particular person; that is done either by the testimony of a witness, who saw the paper or signature actually written, or by one who has by sufficient means, acquired such a knowledge of the general character of the handwriting of the party, as will enable him to swear to his belief, that the handwriting of the person is the handwriting in question. 1 Phil. Ev. 422; Stark. Ev. h.t.; 2 John. Cas. 211; 5 John. R. 144; 1 Dall. 14; 2 Greenl. R. 33; 6 Serg. & Rawle, 668; 1 Nott & M'Cord, 554; 19 Johns. R. 134; Anthon's N. P. 77; 1 Ruffin's R. 6; 2 Nott & M'Cord, 400; 7 Com. Dig. 447; Bac. Ab. Evidence, M; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.