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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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A renunciant is homeless, does not kindle the household (grhya) or ritual (srauta) fires, wanders about without a companion, dwells outside villages, and goes around naked or only covers one's private parts (Kane 1930-62: vol.
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These are the fires of those worthy of oblations, the household, and those worthy of offerings, explained by the Buddha respectively as one's parents; one's children, wife, slaves, servants, and workers; and renunciants.
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One imagines that, much like the Tule Lake renunciants, his only choice appeared to be indefinite arbitrary detention or the renunciation of his U.
Female Renunciants (nang chi) in Siam, According to Early Travellers' Accounts.
Their ambiguous status--factual renunciants, yet without formal ordained status--is one of the reasons why society tends to expect mae chi to assist with domestic aspects of monastic life such as food preparation, rather than offering them support and opportunities for religious training equivalent to that enjoyed by bhikkhu.
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.
The Female Renunciants of Sri Lanka: The Dasasilmattawa.