Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Confirmation of a judgment or order of court, as on an appeal.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. The confirming or ratifying a former law or judgment. Cowell; Blount. The confirmation and ratification by an appellate court of a judgment, order, or decree of a lower court brought before it for review. See Affirm. ' A dismissal of an appeal for want of prosecution is not an "affirmance" of the judgment. Drummond v. Husson. 14 N. Y. 60. The ratification or confirmation of a voidable contract or act by tlie party who is to be bound thereby. The term is in accuracy to be distinguished from ratification, which is a recognition of the validity or binding force as against the party ratifying, of some act performed by another person; and from confirmation, which would seem to apply more properly to cases where a doubtful authority has been exercised by another in behalf of the person ratifying; but these distinctions are not generally observed with much care. Bouvier.