One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a treaty, contract, or agreement) not signed or given formal consent, so not officially valid.‘the protocols remained unratified’‘unratified agreements with tribal leaders’
- ‘The treaty remained unratified by England till the 20th of September 1490, a year and a half after its ratification by the Spanish sovereigns at Medina.’
- ‘WPA is a subset of the as yet unratified 802.11i security standard.’
- ‘There are now eight unratified ILO occupational and health conventions.’
- ‘While such subterfuges allow presidents to ignore selected parts of unratified agreements, the administration's objective is precisely the opposite.’
- ‘Talks aimed at completing Kyoto – signed in 1997 but unratified - are scheduled to take place in Bonn in July.’
- ‘As it is unratified, however, by any major spacefaring powers and unsigned by most of them, it is of no direct relevance to current space activities.’
- ‘It was only when Gov. Charles Robinson assured them that the "unratified and unproclaimed treaty was not a surrender but a triumph of diplomacy" that the mutineers were quelled.’
- ‘Many of the 240 environmental treaties enacted over the past 80 years remain unratified and unenforced.’
- ‘The Union army code announced in 1863 strongly influenced the unratified Declaration of Brussels (1874).’
- ‘He supported the visionary Burlingame mission (1868) and the favourable terms found in the unratified Alcock convention (1869).’
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