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: to make valid or effective
: 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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.