linguistics. a variant form of a grapheme that is in complementary distribution or free variation with another form of the same grapheme, as t and t or n in run and nn in runner; an orthographic contextual variant.
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writing or a signature inscribed by one person for another, as distinguished from autograph.
a deed or other legal doc-ment not in the writing of any of the persons who are party to it.
a doc-ment written by a person who is not a party to it
a signature made by one person on behalf of another compare autograph
(linguistics) any of the written symbols that const-tute a single grapheme: m and m are allographs in the roman alphabet

“writing made by another person,” by 1916 (implied in allographic), from allo- + -graph “something written.”

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