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ratify

v. 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.

ratify

verb accept, accredit, acknowledge, affirm, agree to, approve, assent, assure, attest, authenticate, back, bear out, buttress, certify, circumstantiate, concur, confirm, consent, corroborate, countenance, countersign, 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
See also: accept, accredit, acknowledge, adduce, affirm, agree, approve, assent, attest, bear, bestow, certify, comply, concur, confirm, consent, corroborate, cosign, countenance, countersign, embrace, endorse, fix, indorse, pass, recommend, respond, sanction, seal, sign, subscribe, substantiate, support, sustain, uphold, validate
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(11.) Recall that P is required to offer to [A.sup.*] a point on their Pareto frontier; in Figure 2C, no point on the line [[t.sup.*].sub.[A.sup.*]][t.sub.P] is ratifiable. In this case, P offers [[mu].sub.l], which is ratifiable.
(13.) As in note 11, no point on the Pareto frontier between the ideal points of [A.sup.*] and P is ratifiable in Figure 2C.
Were Augustine the one on his back in the dark, he would not admit that what the voice says to him cannot be verified; on the contrary, he feels himself fully present to himself in an irrefragable continuity, and the past of which the voice tells would be verifiable (perhaps "ratifiable" would be a more precisely appropriate term) by his full apprehension of "a present of things past, a present of things present, and a present of things future."
Our team's yardstick was always 'Is this ratifiable? The team unanimously agreed to recommend the dear after careful consideration of the political environment and the options we had already been through.
National interests provide the guidelines used by those responsible for the implementation of our strategy, and the basis on which diplomats negotiate agreements in precise and ratifiable form.
Referring to a criminal-political determination is hardly "ratifiable."
This model best captures Putnam's logic of two-level games in which international bargaining is dominated by the negotiator's search for ratifiable agreements.
''Any attempt to prevent this international crucial agreement from getting under way in Bonn and making it ratifiable for everyone would be a serious political mistake,'' Schroeder said.
The conference, the foundation of global efforts to combat global warming, is aimed at clinching a deal to make the protocol more ''ratifiable,'' said a diplomat who is attending the meeting, which runs through Nov.