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1 : the act or process of confirming, assuring, or upholding [seeking of the agreement]
: the ratification of an executive act by a legislative body [senate of the Supreme Court nominee]
2 : something that confirms: as
a : an express or implied contract by which a person makes a voidable agreement binding
: a definite expression or written memorandum that verifies or substantiates an agreement previously made orally or informally
b in the civil law of Louisiana
: a declaration whereby a person corrects the parts of an obligation that are null to make them enforceable
c : a conveyance by which valid title to an estate is transferred to a person already in possession or by which an estate is increased
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.