Definition - What does Ratification mean?

Ratification is the process in which a particular thing is approved by a group. In the context of the law, ratification commonly refers to a law being passed by a legislative body. After a law is ratified, it formally goes into existence, and the population will be beholden to it.

Justipedia explains Ratification

The word "ratification" is also commonly used when a certain number of states must agree on something for it to become valid.

For example, the U.S. Constitution had to be ratified by the states before it could go into existence. The ratification of the U.S. Constitution took 10 months during the year 1787. The first state to provide approval for the U.S. Constitution was Delaware. This event happened on Dec. 7, 1787. The U.S. Constitution has been in effect ever since it was formally ratified.

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