American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm. See Synonyms at approve.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To confirm; establish; settle conclusively or authoritatively; make certain or lasting.
- To validate by some formal act of approval; accept and sanction, as something done by an agent or a representative; confirm as a valid act or procedure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To approve and sanction; to make valid; to confirm; to establish; to settle; especially, to give sanction to, as something done by an agent or servant
- v. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
- From Medieval Latin ratifico, from Latin ratus ("reckoned"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ratifien, from Old French ratifier, from Medieval Latin ratificāre : Latin ratus, fixed, past participle of rērī, to reckon, consider; see rate1 + Latin -ficāre, -fy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Fourth, the original understanding of the Constitution by the public and the men who voted to ratify is clear that Constitution was to be secular, promote tolerance, and granted no powers in matters of religion.”
“Refusing to ratify is no longer an option: the only way to unpick this will be by way either of complete renegotiation or of entering into a derogation of the Treaty.”
“The only other country not to ratify is Somalia, which has no functioning government.”
“Having thus used the terms ratify and confirm, even in regard to the old Confederation, it would have been strange indeed, if the people of the United States, after its formation, and when they came to establish the present Constitution, had spoken of the States, or the people of the States, as acceding to this constitution.”
“The US doesn’t ratify a treaty but since a court whose jurisdiction the US also does not recognize says that the failure to ratify is irrelevant, all backed up by more cases from, of course, said court, then the international law binds theUS!”
“Her expression would ratify the truth of my words.”
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