sealed instrumentAt common law and under some statutes, an instrument to which the bound party has affixed a personal seal, usu. recognized as providing indisputable evidence of the validity of the underlying obligations.
? The common-law distinction between sealed and unsealed instruments has been abolished by many states, and the UCC provides that the laws applicable to sealed instruments do not apply to contracts for the sale of goods or negotiable instruments. UCC ¡ì 2-203. See contract under seal under CONTRACT. [Cases: Contracts 36; Seals 1. C.J.S. Contracts ¡ì 76; Seals ¡ì¡ì 2¨C3.]