[ rat-uh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of ratifying; confirmation; sanction.
the state of being ratified.

Nearby words

  1. rathke's pouch,
  2. rathole,
  3. rathouse,
  4. rathskeller,
  5. raticide,
  6. ratify,
  7. ratine,
  8. rating,
  9. rating badge,
  10. rating nut

Origin of ratification

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin ratificātiōn- (stem of ratificātiō), equivalent to ratificāt(us) (past participle of ratificāre to ratify) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsrat·i·fi·ca·tion·ist, noun, adjectivenon·rat·i·fi·ca·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for ratification



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for ratification


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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