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TO STULTIFY. To make or declare insane. It is a general rule in the English law, that a man shall not be permitted to stultify himself; that is, he shall not be allowed to plead his insanity to avoid a contract. 2 Bl. Com. 291; Fonb. Eq. b. 1, c. 2, 1; Pow. on Contr. 19.
     2. In the United States, this rule seems to have been exploded, and the party may himself avoid his acts except those of record, and contracts for necessaries and services rendered, by allegation and proof of insanity. 5 Whart. R. 371, 379; 2 Kent, Com. 451; 3 Day, R. 90; 3 Conn. R. 203: 5 Pick. R. 431; 5 John R. 503.; 1 Bland. R. 376. Vide Fonb. Eq b. 1, c. 2, Sec. 1, note 1; 2 Str. R. 1104; 3 Camp. R. 125; 7 Dowl. & Ryl. 614; 3 C. & P. 30; 1 Hagg. C. R. 414.

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Twenty-year-old Josie Tyrell, who ran away at 17 from her poor, stultifying small-town roots, ends up in Los Angeles, where she ekes out an existence acting in student film projects and posing nude for art classes.
After all, I can't think of anybody who knowingly applauds the stultifying results of corporate bureaucracies.
It's time for actors to take back the theatre, to rescue it from the stultifying, passionless commerce driven machine it has so often become.
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In such a stultifying environment, the transition between tongue-tied exuberance and moribund silence is made in the blink of an eye; the intermediate opportunity to acquire a self-sustaining voice is forever missed.
Without a doubt, I thought, he will compare our schools' stultifying unions to those of Europe, whose labor markets he derides as "inflexible, rigidly regulated .
Both were primarily self-taught and in rebellion against what they saw as the stultifying predictability and formalism of France's annual juried Salon exhibition.
Rand also celebrated the individual in a mass age, creating a series of memorable, compelling characters who embodied or emboldened the aspirations of millions in a time of often stultifying conformity, bureaucracy, and routinization.
consider how little you "think" about driving when you're making your daily commute), but which can be stultifying when it comes to coming up with fresh ideas: "Our models shape what we see, and this opens or limits our possibilities for action.
Exposing outdated processes and stifling cultural norms to bright sunlight is a useful first step, but will not immediately redeem them of their often stultifying impact on sustainability and profits.
Martina Navratilova: Who "smashed stultifying stereotypes like so many poorly hit lobs.