rat·i·fy /'ra-tə-ˌfī/ vt -fied, -fy·ing: to make valid or effective; esp: to adopt or affirm (as the prior act or contract of an agent) by express or implied consent with the effect of original authorization
unable to rescind the contract because he ratified it by accepting the benefits compare reform
rat·i·fi·ca·tion /ˌra-tə-fə-'kā-shən/ n
rat·i·fi·er /'ra-tə-ˌfī-ər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accept, accredit, acknowledge, affirm, agree to, approve, assent, assure, attest, authenticate, back, bear out, buttress, certify, circumstantiate, concur, confirm, consent, corroborate, countenance, countersign, embrace, endorse, establish, guarantee, indorse, insure, make valid, pass, sanction, seal, sign, subscribe, substantiate, support, sustain, uphold, validate, verify, warrant associated concepts: estoppel, express ratification, principal and agent II index accept (assent), accredit, acknowledge (respond), affirm (uphold), agree (comply), approve, assent, attest, bear (adduce), bestow, certify (approve), certify (attest), concur (agree), confirm, consent, corroborate, cosign, countenance, countersign, embrace (accept), endorse, fix (make firm), indorse, pass (approve), recommend, sanction, seal (solemnize), sign, subscribe (sign), substantiate, support (corroborate), sustain (confirm), validate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To approve, affirm, or confirm something, such as a law or contract; to make something valid.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Approval or confirmation of a previous contract or other act that would not otherwise be binding in the absence of such approval. If an employer ratifies the unauthorized acts of an employee, those actions become binding on the employer. A person who is under the legal age to enter into a contract may ratify (and thereby adopt) the contract when he or she reaches majority, or may refuse to honor the contract without obligation.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To affirm or approve, usually after the fact.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   to confirm and adopt the act of another even though it was not approved beforehand. Example: An employee for Holsinger's Hardware orders carpentry equipment from Phillips Screws and Nails although the employee was not authorized to buy anything. The president of Holsinger's ratifies the deal when Phillips delivers the order. A person under the legal age who makes a contract may ratify the contract when he/she reaches majority (usually 18) or may refuse to honor it without obligation.
   See also: agent, principal

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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