- to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment.
- to confirm (something done or arranged by an agent or by representatives) by such action.
Origin of ratify
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Examples from the Web for unratified
Should the latter not be ratified, hostilities may be recommenced, and the unratified peace treaty is considered as an armistice.International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)
Lassa Francis Oppenheim
The vow, therefore, remained unwitnessed and unratified, but he held it inviolable nevertheless.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
They were placed by the unratified Declaration of London, Art. 24, in the class of conditional contraband; as is also coal.Letters To "The Times" Upon War And Neutrality (1881-1920)
Thomas Erskine Holland
The convention was left for nine years unratified by the British Government.
It was the main object sought by them in the unratified convention of 1869.
- (tr) to give formal approval or consent to
Word Origin and History for unratified
mid-14c., from Old French ratifier (13c.), from Medieval Latin ratificare "confirm, approve," literally "fix by reckoning," from Latin ratus "fixed by calculation; determined; approved; certain, sure; valid" (past participle adjective from reri "to reckon, think;" see reason (v.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Ratified; ratifying.