(redirected from countersigning)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to countersigning: countersignature


The inscription of one's name at the end of a writing, done by a secretary or a subordinate, to attest to the fact that such a writing has been signed by a principal or a superior, thereby vouching for the genuineness of the signature. To write one's name at the end of a document—in addition to the inscription of a name by another—to attest to the authenticity of the signature.


verb certify, confirm, corroborate, execute, ratify, sanction, second, support
See also: attest, certify, confirm, corroborate, cosign, indorse, trademark, underwrite, witness


to sign (a document already signed by another).

COUNTERSIGN. To countersign is to sign on the opposite side of an instrument already signed by some other person or officer, in order to secure its character of a genuine paper; as a bank note is signed by the president and countersigned by the cashier.

References in periodicals archive ?
Before moving to Hawaii in March, Dove spent four years working for a similar program as the project manager and countersigning agent for the Texas Workers Compensation Insurance Fund.
The standing order amendments require a standing order to specify whether countersigning of a charted treatment is required and, if so, the requirements for countersigning.
Following concerns by Dr Sue Booth, who had been countersigning Shipman's death certificates, the Stockport Coroner John Pollard asked the police to investigate.