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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

Ratificatio(u)n, n. Also: ratefic-, ratefec- and -atio(u)ne, -acion. [Late ME (1451) and e.m.E. ratification, -cion, F. ratification, med. L. ratification-.]

1. The action of ratifying; sanction, confirmation, approval. b. ? The document setting forth such confirmation.Also, ane letter of ratificatioun. = b above.(1) 1478–9 Acta Conc. I 22/1.
The quhilk charter … is of nane avale … without … new ratificacion therof had bene made
1502 Douglas Bequest 10 Sept.
That I … sall newir … cum in the contrar off this my ratificatioun
1538–9 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 204.
He payand thankfully … his part of utheris expensis for ratificatioune of our fredome
1540 Acts II 379/2. 1558 Acts II 508/1.
The sade Christin kingis promis with ratificatioun bayth be his hienes self and the said king delphine
1558-66 Knox II 82 (see Confirmatioun n. 1). c1575 Balfour Pract. 160 marg.
Ratificatioun stoppis reductioun
a1578 Pitsc. II 231/32.
That thai [sc. the Lords] wald aggrie vpone the ratificatioun of the king
1601 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 40.
And therfoir in signe and taikin of thair ferdar ratificatioun … the dekynis … has subscriwit [pr. subscrimit] the samyn
1611 Scrymgeour Invent. 17.
Ratificatioun be way of instrument … anent the alienatioun of ane tenement of land
1612 Acts IV 515/1.
Ratificatioun to Archibald Prymroiss of his licence of making of yrne
1639 Ib. V 612/2.
1641 Ib. 514/1, etc.
1641 Peebles Chart. 108.
That this present ratificatioun is … as valid … as giff the samen haill chartour … wer … ingrosit … in this present ratificatioun
a1650 Row 201.
He shall give an account of all he hes done since the last Assemblie … seekand ratification of his doeings
1662 Acts VII 442/1.
Ratification … of the office of mair of fie of the shirreffdome of Aberdein
1666 Edinb. B. Rec. X 11.
A subscrivit copie of the decreit … and ratificatioun
1672 Acts VIII 123/2.
Ratification in favors of Sir Charles Erskine … & his sone of the office of Lyon herawld King of armes
1676 Morison Dict. Decis. XI 9164.
Viz. the ratification of the heritrix
(b) a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 32.
Rateficatione of the acts of the Generall Assemblie haulden at Pearth
Ib. 76.
[All monetary grants] ar null … notwithstanding of quhatsomever rateficatione or confirmatione
1641 Acts V 720/2.
1650 Glasgow B. Rec. II 187 marg.
(2) 1498 Reg. Privy S. I 23/1.
Ane letter of ratificatioun approbatioun and confirmatioun … of ane presentatioun gevin to [etc.]
c1545 St. A. Univ. Rec. xxi. 1613 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 98.
Conforme to ane lettre of ratificatioun and dispositioun

2. The action of sanctioning, or approving, a criminal act. a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 195.
In contraventions, ejections, spuilȝies, etc., ratihabition or ratification of the deid is equivalent to a command to doe
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i xxxv 8 (1678) 342.
By our custome, ratification, or ratihabition of a crime, as we call it, falls not properly under art and part except the ratifier had done some deed, or been in some accession to what was done before the crime was committed

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