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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.

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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.

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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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This is the time when one severs ties to property or material objects (Bhagavad Gita 18:2; sometimes two distinct terms are used to describe the ascetic renunciant: "Sanyasin" and "Sadhu.")
(2) In the sense of meaning of the monk as a renunciant (pabbajita).
Thida described how Yeay Lach was the spirit of a Buddhist renunciant woman who had once lived in the forest and who had no desire, was completely honest and had a parami.
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.
Higher-caste, more orthodox Brahmans, as indicated by Parry, will try to circumvent this occurrence, by insisting on the acceptance only of non-dangerous daksina instead of dangerous dan, and by the observance of as ascetic and renunciant a lifestyle as possible within the householder's state.
As a whole, they reflect part of the common narrative lore shared between Buddhists and Jainas about the renunciant king Uddayana/Udrayana and his kingdom.
(6) Other traditions may be different: "The list of inappropriate witnesses [in Mulasarvastivadin Vinaya] for one's disavowal is long, but the point is straightforward: in order to be valid, the proclamation of one's disavowment of the teachings of the Buddha, of the path of a celibate renunciant, must be understood by a responsible third party" (Clarke, "Sex" 16; emphasis added).
Dhammamata are thus counterparts to bhikkuni and alternatives to conventional renunciant female practitioners in Thailand.
Ashram as a time of transformation encompasses the four seasons of dharma (socio-religious duty) in the course of a lifetime: brahmacari, the "celibate student"; grihastha, the married householder; vanaprastha, the forest-dwelling retired couple; and samnyasi, the renunciant who has effectively died before death.
We may regret the seeming loss of the female renunciant herself, speaking in her own voice, an acting subject rather than acted-upon object, but critical approaches to male-authored texts can nonetheless provide ways of understanding ancient ideologies of gender and power as conceived in the nexus of Christian renunciation.(8) The schism between "rhetoric" and "reality" that has daunted historiography in recent decades has, perhaps, drawn lines too sharply between textuality and materiality, between literary production and social history.
From the renunciant elements of Buddhist practice comes an emphasis on the values of simplicity, equanimity, and non-violence.
Such a message would have been especially meaningful at a time when Vedic Brahmin ritualists were vying with renunciant and heterodox religious orders for bureaucratic and administrative positions within the early Indian monarchies" (p.