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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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Unlike other supermarkets I've been to where items, including laundry detergent, cat food, cans of pop and even beer are marked down, along with other none-fresh food items, this was not the case at M&S.
Oosthuizen said all products will be marked down, even the exclusive pieces, some of which are handmade and only one of a kind." There are many main attractions at ridiculous prices, up to 88% discount [for instance] 12 x Maddox dining chairs @ N$12-12; 12 x Indigo dining chairs @ N$121-21, and 2 x 12 Enzo leather sofas @ n$ 1212-12!"
This special includes some premium packages that are marked down by hundreds of dollars.
'We marked down all risky assets in our portfolio in 2008 and were still able to reflect a reasonable income,' he added.
The chain experienced the single biggest trading day in its history as toys, entertainment and homewares were marked down by 50% and more.
Items are marked down 10 percent every Monday and Thursday until they are sold.
Pillsbury is offering Kachori baked snacks filled with lentils at a special price of $3.29, marked down from the suggested retail list price of $4.39.
A miniature Wal-Mart megastore marked down to 988 pesos was drawing oohs and ahs.
But in the core of the store, near housewares, there was a small assortment of snowman plates marked down to $2.50 apiece from $8.95.
She has marked down ciphers and numbers in interminable rows ("calendars") on every type of support, ranging from objects to her own skin.