• WordNet 3.6
    • n ratification making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it "the ratification of the treaty","confirmation of the appointment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ratification răt`ĭ*fĭ*kā"shŭn The act of ratifying; the state of being ratified; confirmation; sanction; as, the ratification of a treaty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratification The act of ratifying; the act by which a competent authority gives sanction and validity to something done by another; also, the state of being ratified; confirmation; as, the ratification of a treaty, or of a contract or promise.
    • n ratification In law, the adoption by a person, as binding upon himself, of an act previously done in his name or on his behalf, or in such relation that he may claim it as done for his benefit, although done under such circumstances as would not bind him except by his subsequent consent, as in the case of an act done by a stranger having at the same time no authority to act as his agent, or by an agent not having adequate authority to do the act. Intention to ratify is not necessary in order to constitute a ratification, for an acceptance of the results of the act may itself be conclusive upon the party. But a knowledge of all the material circumstances is usually necessary in order to make a ratification binding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ratification act of ratifying or confirming: confirmation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. ratification,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ratifier—L. ratus, fixed by calculation—rēri, ratus, to think, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The women opened their campaign a few days later with an immense ratification meeting in Metropolitan Temple.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Others feared that matters besides the ratification might come up.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
And I call them 'natural,' because they are not artificially created, and have no need of external ratification.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
There is no doubt of its ratification.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
The King of Holland's ratification was still to be got, and many people will not believe in that till they see it.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Besides, the vote on the ratification in this State is to take place a month hence.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Both treaties provided that the ports should be opened after ratifications had been exchanged.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
It was not even submitted to them for ratification.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
The caress seemed natural enough to Dino; it was as the ratification of some sacred bond to the English-bred Brian Luttrell.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
This treaty was duly ratified by the Senate and the ratifications were exchanged January 17, 1917.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
The Court told you that no subsequent ratification of such a promise could make it binding.
"The Spiritualists and the Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton
Some days elapsed after the Treaty had finally been acted upon in the Mexican Senate, before the ratifications were exchanged.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
The Peace had for some months been an accepted fact, and Pope did not wait for its formal ratification.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
Beside the opposition party, a portion of the Cabinet was against the ratification.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
When thus acting his authority may be either verbal, or written, or may be shown by ratification.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
Their decisions were referred to Lady Meyfield for ratification.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
Up to the ratification of the treaties with Great Britain and Russia, its regulations were vague and elastic in the extreme.
"The Life of Yakoob Beg" by Demetrius Boulger
Justices of the Supreme Court are appointed for life by the President with the ratification of the Senate.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 4" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
States to those who, after the formation of the federal Constitution of 1787, opposed its ratification by the people of the several states.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Then the ratifications began.
"The Ifs of History" by Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

In news:

He said the past START Treaty and the one which is pending ratification serve as the nexus of that dialogue.
Yet only one Republican, Indiana Sen Richard Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has committed publicly to voting for the treaty, which requires 67 votes for ratification .
Until the mechanics ratification , both unions had been negotiating with district officials since June.
The OASIS international standards consortium has announced that its members have approved the Universal Business Language (UBL) version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification .
Today marks the 90th anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
The date marks the 223rd anniversary of the Tar Heel State’s ratification of the US Constitution.
Union leaders must approve the agreement before a ratification vote.
Chrysler to pay UAW employees balance of contract ratification bonus.
The first US Congress passed the Bill of Rights , the first ten amendments to the Constitution, and sent them on to the states for ratification.
In celebration of the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the US Bill of Rights, people around the country have been tweeting about their right to free speech.
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) and the Production Equipment Rental Association (PERA) today announced an agreement to merge, subject to final ratification.
Thanks to the 264 people who knew about and voted against Connally Independent School District's tax ratification Sept 29.
Ratification of the Magna Carter.
Europe's latest rescue fund cleared a major hurdle Wednesday after a high court in Germany refused a request to block its ratification.
Sappi Fine Paper North America and its Cloquet Mill (Minnesota) employees represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) yesterday announced the ratification of a new labor agreement.