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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.

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'What about the demands to ratify six other conventions?
EU ministers formally renewed their commitment yesterday (8 March) to ratify the Kyoto climate agreement by the end of 2002, but Larsson said that it could be done sooner, in time for the 10th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit in July 2002.
It takes 67 votes to ratify the protocol, and so far I only see about 20."
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Russia will not ratify the EU's Energy Charter, in spite of pressing calls from the Europeans to do so, until such time as appropriate modifications have been made.
Prime Minister Junchiro Koizumi on Thursday welcomed Russia's readiness to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and renewed his resolve to tackle the difficult environmental challenge
(In the equivalent period before September 11th, there were only three ratifications.) The latest nations to ratify are: Nigeria, September 27th; Liechtenstein, October 2nd; Central African Republic, October 3rd; United Kingdom, October 4th; Switzerland, October 12th; Peru, November 10th; Nauro and Poland, November 12th; and Hungary, November 30th.
Last year, the governors of North Carolina, Nevada and Washington decided to break the congressional logjam over ratification of regional pacts by offering an ultimatum: Ratify the pacts and pass legislation that will economically punish states that don't move to develop their own waste sites, or we will shut our doors on Jan.
Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) today took the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration to task over its decision to not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), despite pledging to do so initially.
The Cabinet took the required measures to ratify an agreement between the governments of Qatar and Singapore on encouraging and protecting mutual investments.