Definition of electronic signature in English:

electronic signature


  • Symbols or other data in digital form attached to an electronically transmitted document as verification of the sender’s intent to sign the document:

    ‘the new rules will make electronic signatures acceptable and speed up the application process’
    • ‘The Electronic Transactions Act provides that an electronic signature has the same valid, binding and legal effect as a handwritten signature.’
    • ‘In certain applications where an electronic signature is necessary, then some form of biometrics can be combined with a digital certificate.’
    • ‘Signing a message makes use of your key by attaching an electronic signature to your message but not encrypting it.’
    • ‘The system is so secure that Congress used it last year to attach electronic signatures to a bill that was then sent to President Clinton via email.’
    • ‘Even typing your name at the end of an e-mail may be deemed an electronic signature.’