Synonyms Word Origin verb (used with object), rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing. 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 1325–75; Middle English ratifien
Middle French ratifier
Medieval Latin ratificāre,
) calculated (see
-ificāre -ify Related forms rat·i·fi·er, noun non·rat·i·fy·ing, adjective un·rat·i·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ratifiers verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr) to give formal approval or consent to Derived Forms ratifiable, adjective ratification, noun ratifier, noun Word Origin for ratify
C14: via Old French from Latin
ratus fixed (see rate 1) + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ratifiers ratify v.
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.
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