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HAND. That part of the human body at the end of the arm.
     2. Formerly the hand was considered as the symbol of good faith, and some contracts derive their names from the fact that the hand was used in making them; as handsale, (q.v.) mandatum, (q.v.) which comes from a mandata. The hand is still used for various legal or forensic purposes. When a person is accused of a crime and he is arraigned, and he is asked to hold up his right hand; and when one is sworn as a witness, he is required to lay his right hand on the Bible, or to hold it up.
     3. Hand is also the name of a measure of length used in ascertaining the height of horses. It is four inches long. See Measure: Ell.
     4. In a figurative sense, by hand is understood a particular form of writing; as if B writes a good hand. Various kinds of hand have been used, as, the secretary hand, the Roman hand, the court hand, &c. Wills and contracts may be written in any of these, or any other which is intelligible.

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In an age where communication mediums are typically chosen for speed and efficiency (e.g., tapping out a quick text message or a 280-character tweet), a handwritten note of recognition or thanks might seem like an archaic instrument that has no place in today's workplace.
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Difficulties with handwriting can negatively affect academic performance, and research has showed that more time is required to complete handwritten assignments (Connelly, Dockrell, & Barnett, 2005; Graham et al., 2008; Tseng & Cermak, 1993) and that poorly handwritten exams are marked lower than the same content presented in legible handwriting (Connelly, Campbell, MacLean, & Barnes, 2006; Hammerschmidt & Sudsawad, 2004; Sudsawad, Trombly, Henderson, & Tickle-Degnen, 2001).
As an administrator having to attend many meetings, I did explore using laptops and tablets for note-taking but returned to handwritten notes.
The ministry said that it is imperative that original, handwritten, signatures be used to prove the absolute authenticity of any decision or ruling taken by a judge.
The first attempts to teach computers to understand handwritten text began in the Soviet Union in the 1960s, when the emergence of personal computers and smartphones was, it seemed, in an uncertain distant future.
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