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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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His many works confronting the history of Dutch art - from Vermeer and Rembrandt to Mondrian and the followers of De Stijl - position his belatedness as something to be considered and rifled on rather than something to become stultified by.
Trained diagnostician as he was, he began to analyse the patient's condition, the patient being himself: he had been cast adrift in a limitless sea of sensual freedom, with only a minimal concept of justice, and a stultified sense of decency.
If people only think about applications, like making silk hats from bacteria, then research like this will become very stultified," says Bayley.
The movement admitted to several influences -- including medieval philosophy, the aesthetics of Henri Bergson, and Japanese poetry -- but it was primarily a reaction against the stultified forms and bucolic sentimentality of the Georgians.
The British royal family seemed rather more interested in hunting and horseracing, and that lack of interest in theater, music, and dance trickled down to other aristocratic tastes and, as a consequence, stultified both royal and aristocratic munificence.