ratification


ratification

noun

  1. the act of ratifying; confirmation; sanction.
  2. the state of being ratified.
n.

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).

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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