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n. 1) an "X" made by a person who is illiterate or too weak to sign his/her full name, used in the expression "His Mark," or "Her Mark." On the rare occasion that this occurs, the "X" should be within or next to a notation such as "Theresa Testator, her mark." If the mark is intended as a signature to a will it should be formally witnessed (as signatures are) to make the will valid. (See: will)

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MARK. This term has several acceptations. 1. It is a sign traced on paper or parchment, which stands in the place of a signature, usually made by persons who cannot write. 2 Cart. R. 324; M. & M. 516; 12 Pet. 150; 7 Bing. 457; 2 Ves. 455; 1 V. & B. 362; 1 Ves., jr. 11. A mark is now held to be a good signature, though the party was able to write. 8 Ad. & El. 94; 3 Nev. & Per. 228; 3 Curt. 752; 5 John. 144. Vide Subscription.
     2.-2. It is the sign, writing or ticket put upon manufactured goods to distinguish them from others. Poph. R. 144; 3 B & C. 541; 2 Atk. R. 485; 2 V. & B. 218; 3 M. & C. 1; Ed. Inj. 814. Vide Trade Marks.
     3.-3. Mark or marc, denotes a weight used in several parts of Europe, and for several commodities, especially gold and silver. When gold and silver are sold by the mark, it is divided into twenty-four carats.
     4.-4. Mark is also in England a money of accounts, and in some other countries a coin. The English marc is two-thirds of a pound sterling, or 13s. 4d., and the Scotch mark is of equal value in Scotch money of account. Ency. Amer. h.t.

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The mare is now on the same mark off which she won so well at Salisbury last summer, so it makes sense to keep the faith as she was well backed last time.
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Mark off three-inch sections and tie between each three-inch mark with string.
A checklist inside the back cover to mark off dates of toilet training achievements such as "Engineered the #1 engine (pee pee) on the Potty Train for the first time!" rounds out this fun supplement to teaching very young children to use the toilet all by themselves.
* On a large piece of cardboard, mark off columns for ID number, date serviced, next due date, status, and remarks.
Resist the urge to mark off all open balances and unilaterally close out prior business written in an effort to "start anew." This push usually comes from the underwriting and accounting areas in an effort not to be held accountable for this business and to reduce expenses.
While it enables consumers to pay off the debt sooner, it does nothing to take the bankruptcy mark off of a credit report until seven years has passed, and customers are still likely to get a less favorable rate.