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1. The act or an instance of renouncing: the renunciation of all earthly pleasures.
2. A declaration in which something is renounced.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman renunciacion, from Latin renūntiātiō, renūntiātiōn-, from renūntiātus, past participle of renūntiāre, to renounce; see renounce.]

re·nun′ci·a′tive, re·nun′ci·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.renunciative - used especially of behavior
nonindulgent, strict - characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
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His creed of determinism was such that it almost amounted to a vice, and quite amounted, on its negative side, to a renunciative philosophy which had cousinship with that of Schopenhauer and Leopardi.
Assembled but unjoined (and, like the poems, without syntax), they signify a renunciative ambition: to produce work that is not built, after all; work that is articulated but otherwise only barely formed, and made to function at our feet.
There is a deep intuitive pull in the radically liberatory notion of `simple givings away': of a renunciative act of giving without expecting a return, of actions generated towards an other born of an `economy' of love: