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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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Interestingly enough, it is this clear grounding and rootedness that allowed the Jesuits to be pioneering, constantly breaking new ground and getting out of their comfort zone-often to the discomfort of others.
16, the last day of their meeting in Jerusalem, the bishops said they met in the Holy Land to "renew their rootedness in Christ.
Like "The Passage," this poem focuses on the rootedness, not the disruption, of Black culture.
Devout Christians in liturgical churches must sometimes long for a bit more spontaneity, and I know that some evangelicals wish occasionally for more rootedness (I am an evangelical who has wished for it myself).
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"We are to embrace spiritual poverty by deepening our rootedness in Christ, whose poverty alone enriches us," he said.
Clues emerge slowly from family members voiced by a third-person omniscient narrator: Luka's daughter, Ana, mother of the sisters, her tough exterior hiding love and pain; his son Marin, whose happy New York family cannot erase his loss of Rosmarina, which "matched his heart's circumference perfectly"; Vinca, Luka's beloved younger sister, whose grandchildren hide beneath their Manhattan brownstone beds from imagined fascists and communists; Katarina, the Croatian-born American who envies her cousins' sense of rootedness; and throughout, stroke-paralyzed Luka's present-tense memories, encapsulating the history of the island and his family.
From their backs leafless tree branches grow, suggesting perhaps the rootedness of the tradition and its importance to our social structures.
When it comes to the Muslim world, Western opinion-makers seem to have a taste for what Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci called "organic intellectuals"figures whose intellectual and political virtue flows from their rootedness in their native cultures.
First among the things that I hope he teaches from the book is rootedness. The picture on the front cover is a picture of a beautiful tree.
In its constant communication and transportation flows one can find rootedness in a way.
For many of us it shapes who we are, crystallises our identity, and gives us a sense of rootedness in our heritage," says the magazine's editor Ms.