au·then·ti·cate vt -cat·ed, -cat·ing
1: to prove or serve to prove that (something) is genuine; esp: to prove that (an item of evidence) is genuine for the purpose of establishing admissibility
2: to make (a written instrument) valid and effective by marking esp. with one's signature
authenticate a check

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

To prove that something is genuine or true; to certify; to give something legal authority so as to allow it to be admitted as evidence.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To offer testimony that tells the judge what an item of evidence is and its connection to the case. The purpose of authentication is usually to establish that the evidence can be admitted for purposes of making a decision in the case.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 To prove that something, such as a document, is what it purports to be, especially so that the item can be admitted into evidence at a trial or hearing. For example, a party wishing to admit a letter into evidence may ask the witness whether it is, indeed, the letter he received, does he recognize the handwriting, and similar questions.
2 To place a mark, such as a signature or a stamp, on a document to signify that it is authentic, effective, or valid.
3 To approve or adopt a writing as one's own.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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