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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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And it is here, in something approaching a broken-down tropical Shangri-La, where love is given freely and unconditionally without too much concern for the results, that the stultified and convention-bound lovelessness of relationships in prior chapters is highlighted.
When they become too large, their stability evolves into rigidity and individual people no longer seem able to control them; they become stultified and unable to adapt to new situations.
If people only think about applications, like making silk hats from bacteria, then research like this will become very stultified," says Bayley.
For the political class in India, the statistical burden of the rising number of rapes across the country seems to have stultified the administrative will and ethics.
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.
Still the reform is a major breakthrough that points the way both to the reform of education and also of the civil service which has long been stultified by tenure.