rat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ratification (audio)
plural ratifications
: the act or process of ratifying something (such as a treaty or amendment) : formal confirmation or sanction
… the ratification of the 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery in the United States.Suzanne Travers
A treaty would require two-thirds approval in the Senate for ratification.Lois Ember
More than 100 countries signed the Rome Treaty, and it is expected that the court will come into existence within the next year or two, when it receives the necessary sixty treaty ratifications.Richard Falk

Examples of ratification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last proposal that the union rejected was put together by a third-party mediator in late March and offered the nurses a 13% raise between now and October 2026, with 3% at ratification, 4% in October 2024, another 4% in October 2025 and 2% in October 2026. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 The lack of that definition in the TV/Theatrical agreement was a source of controversy during the ratification process. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 23 Mar. 2024 In a ratification vote that ended on Friday, 95.52 percent of members voted to support the Television Animation Agreement and the Basic Cable Animation Agreement deal reached by union negotiators and 4.48 percent voted against the deal. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2024 While Macron's centrist alliance advocated for the CETA, conservative and leftist senators joined their votes to reject the ratification bill. Sylvie Corbet, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2024 The union said the full tentative agreement will be shared with workers prior to a ratification vote, which is expected to happen next week. Dee-Ann Durbin, Fortune, 29 Feb. 2024 The African Disability Protocol requires ratification by 15 member states of the African Union to come into effect. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has linked ratification of Sweden's NATO membership to the U.S. Congress' approval of a Turkish request to purchase 40 new F-16 fighter jets and kits to modernize Turkey's existing fleet. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 23 Jan. 2024 And what happened in many states by changing the election laws without ratification by the state legislatures is a violation of the Constitution. Liz Cheney, CBS News, 7 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ratification was in the 15th century

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“Ratification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratification. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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: the action of ratifying
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