ratification

[rat-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of ratifying; confirmation; sanction.
2.
the state of being ratified.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin ratificātiōn- (stem of ratificātiō), equivalent to ratificāt(us) (past participle of ratificāre to ratify) + -iōn- -ion

ratificationist, noun, adjective
nonratification, noun
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ratify (ˈrætɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to give formal approval or consent to
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin ratus fixed (see rate1) + facere to make]
 
'ratifiable
 
adj
 
ratifi'cation
 
n
 
'ratifier
 
n

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ratification definition


The approval from the legislative branch required to validate government agreements. In the United States, amendments to the Constitution require the ratification of state legislatures, and international treaties require the ratification of the Senate.

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Example sentences
In fact, both ratification and reciprocity are red herrings.
First, the political timetable for its ratification could slip.
And she wants ratification of the fiscal compact to be made a condition for
  countries receiving future bail-outs.
Two voted yes, two voted no and the other six then suspended their ratification.
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