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The Abandonment of a right; repudiation; rejection.

The renunciation of a right, power, or privilege involves a total divestment thereof; the right, power, or privilege cannot be transferred to anyone else. For example, when an individual becomes a citizen of a new country, that individual must ordinarily renounce his or her citizenship in the old country.


n. 1) giving up a right, such as a right of inheritance, a gift under a will, or abandoning the right to collect a debt on a note. 2) in criminal law, abandoning participation in a crime before it takes place, or an attempt to stop other participants from going ahead with the crime. A defendant may use renunciation as evidence of his/her innocence. Once the crime is underway, any claimed renunciation is factually too late.


noun abandonment, abdicatio, abjuration, abnegation, cancellation, cession, demission, denial, disaffirmation, disallowance, disapproval, disavowal, disavowment, discard, disclaimer, discontinuance, disinheritance, disownment, elimination, exclusion, forswearing, giving up, negation, omission, proscription, rebuff, refusal, rejection, relinquishment, reprobation, repudiatio, repudiation, repulsion, retraction, sacrifice, shutting out, spurning, swearing off, veto, waiver, withdrawal, yielding
Associated concepts: renunciation of a contract, renunciation of a will
See also: abandonment, abdication, abjuration, ademption, cancellation, confutation, continence, declination, denial, desertion, disclaimer, disdain, expense, rebuff, refusal, rejection, relinquishment, repudiation, rescision, resignation, retraction, reversal, sacrifice, waiver

RENUNCIATION. The act of giving up a right.
     2. It is a rule of law that any one may renounce a right which the law has established in his favor. To this maxim there are many limitations. A party may always renounce an acquired right; as, for example, to take lands by descent; but one cannot always give up a future right, before it has accrued, nor to the benefit conferred by law, although such advantage may be introduced only for the benefit of individuals.
     3. For example, the power of making a will; the right of annulling a future contract, on the ground of fraud; and the right of pleading the act of limitations, cannot be renounced. The first, because the party must be left free to make a will or not; and the latter two, because the right has not yet accrued.
     4. This term is usually employed to signify the abdication or giving up of one's country at the time of choosing another. The act of congress requires from a foreigner who applies to become naturalized a renunciation of all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, whereof such alien may, at the time, be a citizen or subject. See Citizen; Expatriation; Naturalization; To renounce.

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Tradition has it that he was initially a renunciant in the lineage of Swami Ramanuja (tenth to eleventh century).
At the same time, it is the text through which vairagis find validation for their renunciant lifestyle, their beliefs and practices, and their understanding of life's ultimate goals.
Religious Identities of Buddhist Nuns: Training Precepts, Renunciant Attire, and Nomenclature in Theravada Buddhism," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 72, no.
The second implication of the "lack of independence" injunction is that women cannot roam freely outside of the family compound, which is precisely what defines the classical South Asian ideal of the wandering, homeless renunciant.
after specifying that women should not shave their hair or sleep outside of the home, proscribes other activities characteristic of the renunciant life.
The Female Renunciants of Sri Lanka: The Dasasilmattawa.
Since the latter categories are generally scorned by the authors of the Jain scriptural canon (although, as Cort demonstrates, they remain central to the vocabulary and imagery of its texts), they have largely been ignored in previous scholarship on the Jains, which has mainly focused on the ascetic doctrines and elaborate cosmology of the moksa marg and on their expression in the practice of Jain renunciants.
This call to recollect the tomb, implying constant anxiety as to one's salvation, seems to belong to an earlier time, such as that of the prominent Basran renunciant Thabit al-Bunani (d.
A wise renunciant has learned to control his or her sense faculties, watching carefully over them and taking caution not to be misled by them, (24) while a spiritually lazy or distracted follower lives with senses unguarded and uncontrolled.
Enlightenment is, rather, the knowledge that is revealed to an appropriately dedicated and prepared (Brahmin male) renunciant who has been living and studying in accordance with vedantic precepts.
Purushottama Bilimoria, in sharp contrast, takes Sankara to task for leaving the Sanskrit tradition with a truncated concept of "I" - not only of "you" - a concept that is in the service of the renunciant ideal, sannyasa, and is incapable of supporting the development of individuals in a community.
25) Again, Thullananda blurs the visual and behavioral boundaries between householders and renunciants because she does not recognize that the true distinction between them lies within.