ratifier

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ratifier someone who expresses strong approval
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment: Prohibition.
    • n Ratifier răt"ĭ*fī`ẽr One who, or that which, ratifies; a confirmer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratifier One who or that which ratifies or sanctions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ratifier one who, or that which, ratifies or sanctions
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Quotations

  • William James
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    “To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.”
  • David Mamet
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    “In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ratifier—L. ratus, fixed by calculation—rēri, ratus, to think, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

This I require from you; and you must ratify the promise by the abjuration I have proposed.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
When a motion was made in the assembly of the Allies at Worms to ratify this Treaty, the High Chancellor of Sweden opposed it.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny
But did the Directors approve of it, and ratify the transaction, when it was known?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But it is said, that the legislature was not bound by this article, as it has never been ratified in Parliament.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
I have ventured to call upon you, Miss Fullgarney, in the hope of ratifying the excellent understanding with which we parted last night.
"The Gay Lord Quex" by Arthur W. Pinero
A second refusal to ratify might make bad feeling between the two countries.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 35, July 8, 1897" by Various
The Book of Discipline, by Knox and other preachers, never was ratified by the Estates, as the Confession of Faith had been.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
My heart, at all events, has already ratified it.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
It was with no little difficulty that the emperor persuaded the diet to ratify these terms.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
The choice was ratified by the caucus without serious opposition.
"The Facts of Reconstruction" by John R. Lynch
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In poetry:

Joseph and Sarah shall be brought;
They'll ratify the lesson taught;
Young people, who, in days of yore,
Labour'd for what they eat and wore.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
And though, perhaps, their tears are dried,
Yet they have deeply ratified
My wrongs and injuries;
For which I know there is in store,
Vengeance a hundred-fold or more,
Upon mine enemies.
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
My hand is stuffed with mode, design, device.
But I lack access to my proper stone
And plenitude of plan shall not suffice
Nor grief nor love shall be enough alone
To ratify my little halves who bear
Across an autumn freezing everywhere . . .
"What Shall I Give My Children" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

In news:

The accord must still be ratified.
MECHANIC FALLS — Voters ratified a fireworks ordinance 929–524 on Tuesday.
In a landmark vote, the Newark Teachers Union ratified the state's first teacher contract to provide bonus pay based on classroom performance.
The Knoxville City Council narrowly approved ratifying a contract to name Nicholas Bonstell, of Holland, Michigan, as the new fire chief.
William Carlson was ratified as the new attorney for this community by a 3-0 vote in a special meeting held Thursday night.
The NFL's regular officials are working a full slate of games Sunday after ratifying their eight-year labor deal with the league Saturday.
The Cherry Hill Board of Education unanimously ratified a contract with the district's teachers Monday night that will extend the school day for middle and high school students.
1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (More info).
Last year, when the European Union beat the United States in ratifying a free trade agreement with South Korea, the betting was that British firms, ever eager to plant their flags, would be first into Seoul.
EAST LANSING, Mich. May 29, 2012 — Pontiac teachers overwhelmingly ratified a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, last Thursday evening.
Concerned about the treatment received, Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams worked mightily and the first treaty to address the definition and status of the POW was ratified in 1785.
TORONTO — Canadian auto workers overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with Chrysler Group LLC, the auto union said.
Casino dealers at Caesars Palace have ratified their first collective bargaining deal, giving the Transport Workers Union its second contract at a Strip property.
New York hotels yesterday ratified a tentative six-year contract with the New York Hotel Trades Council, a group of nine unions representing 23,000 employees, according to a news release from the Hotel Association of New York.
Union workers vote to ratify new contract.
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