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ratify

Legal Definition of ratify

Verb

[-fying]

  1. To make valid or effective
  2. To adopt or affirm (as the prior act or contract of an agent) by express or implied consent with the effect of original authorization

    Example: Unable to rescind the contract because he ratified it by accepting the benefits

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Definition of ratify

Etymology

    From Medieval Latin ratifico < from Latin ratus (“reckoned”).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈrætɪfaɪ/, /ˈrætəfaɪ/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -ætɪfaɪ

Verb

ratify (third-person singular simple present ratifies, present participle ratifying, simple past and past participle ratified)

  1. (transitive) To give formal consent to; make officially valid.

Synonyms

  • (give formal consent to): approve

References:

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