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Buttress (noun, verb)

Definition:

(n.) 1. something that gives support; 2. a support, usually made of stone or brick, which supports a building; (v.) to support or reinforce something. Buttress can be used in the literal sense of giving support to something like a building, or it can be used in the more figurative sense of giving support to a cause or idea. In the noun form, a modification or addition which strengthens a case, argument, or plan can be referred to as a buttress

Example Sentences:

– The new evidence helped to buttress the defense attorney’s argument and won him the case.
– To buttress their recommendations, the team members presented market research that supported their ideas.
– Although the building was very old, it was decided that it would be worthwhile to buttress the crumbling walls, rather than tear the whole thing down.

Synonyms:

 (n.) support, prop, brace, bulwark, (v.) support, bolster, reinforce,

Antonyms:

 (v.) weaken, let down

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Ratify (verb)

Definition:

to formally approve an agreement. Ratify is derived from the Latin ratus, which means “valid.” To ratify something means to validate it by formally accepting the agreement.

Example Sentences:

– The strike has ended as the labor union is expected to ratify the improved contract this afternoon.
– Although the bill has a lot of political support, lawmakers are probably not going to ratify the governor’s plan.
– In order for a new amendment to be added to the Constitution, two-thirds of the states must ratify it.

Synonyms:

affirm, approve, authorize, certify,

Antonyms:

refuse, negate, deny, invalidate

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