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[rat-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of ratifying; confirmation; sanction.
the state of being ratified.
Origin of ratification
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin ratificātiōn- (stem of ratificātiō), equivalent to ratificāt(us) (past participle of ratificāre to ratify) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ratificationist, noun, adjective
nonratification, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Already governments that agreed to the idea of a compact are warning that its ratification depends upon the detail.
  • We should remain in mind that it is not a time bound agreement and its implementation is yet subject to ratification.
  • But once the draft was finished, no one opposed ratification on the grounds that the new government would be too weak.
  • ratification, postponed by a national election, took more than a year.
  • ratification and review provide safeguards for mediating parties.
Word Origin and History for ratification

mid-15c., from Middle French ratification (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin ratificationem (nominative ratificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of ratificare (see ratify).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ratification in Culture

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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