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tr.v. stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing, stul·ti·fies
1. To cause to lose interest or feel dull and not alert: The audience was stultified by the speaker's unchanging monotone.
2. To render useless or ineffectual: "[She believed] that the requirements of conventional academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style" (Robert K. Massie).
3. To cause to appear stupid, inconsistent, or ridiculous: "Should he now stultify himself in all those quarrels by admitting he had been cruel, unjust, and needlessly jealous?" (Anthony Trollope).
4. Law To claim incapacity as setting aside or preventing enforcement of (a deed or contract).

[Late Latin stultificāre, to make foolish : Latin stultus, foolish; see stel- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

stul′ti·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
stul′ti·fi′er n.


vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to make useless, futile, or ineffectual, esp by routine
2. to cause to appear absurd or inconsistent
3. (Law) to prove (someone) to be of unsound mind and thus not legally responsible
[C18: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make]
ˌstultifiˈcation n
ˈstultiˌfier n


(ˈstʌl təˌfaɪ)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
2. to render futile or ineffectual, esp. by degrading or frustrating means.
3. Law. to allege or prove to be of unsound mind.
[1760–70; < Late Latin stultificāre= Latin stult(us) stupid + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy]
stul`ti•fi•ca′tion, n.
stul′ti•fi`er, n.


Past participle: stultified
Gerund: stultifying

I stultify
you stultify
he/she/it stultifies
we stultify
you stultify
they stultify
I stultified
you stultified
he/she/it stultified
we stultified
you stultified
they stultified
Present Continuous
I am stultifying
you are stultifying
he/she/it is stultifying
we are stultifying
you are stultifying
they are stultifying
Present Perfect
I have stultified
you have stultified
he/she/it has stultified
we have stultified
you have stultified
they have stultified
Past Continuous
I was stultifying
you were stultifying
he/she/it was stultifying
we were stultifying
you were stultifying
they were stultifying
Past Perfect
I had stultified
you had stultified
he/she/it had stultified
we had stultified
you had stultified
they had stultified
I will stultify
you will stultify
he/she/it will stultify
we will stultify
you will stultify
they will stultify
Future Perfect
I will have stultified
you will have stultified
he/she/it will have stultified
we will have stultified
you will have stultified
they will have stultified
Future Continuous
I will be stultifying
you will be stultifying
he/she/it will be stultifying
we will be stultifying
you will be stultifying
they will be stultifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been stultifying
you have been stultifying
he/she/it has been stultifying
we have been stultifying
you have been stultifying
they have been stultifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been stultifying
you will have been stultifying
he/she/it will have been stultifying
we will have been stultifying
you will have been stultifying
they will have been stultifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been stultifying
you had been stultifying
he/she/it had been stultifying
we had been stultifying
you had been stultifying
they had been stultifying
I would stultify
you would stultify
he/she/it would stultify
we would stultify
you would stultify
they would stultify
Past Conditional
I would have stultified
you would have stultified
he/she/it would have stultified
we would have stultified
you would have stultified
they would have stultified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.stultify - prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence; "nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
shew, show, demonstrate, prove, establish - establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
2.stultify - cause to appear foolish; "He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast, rib - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
3.stultify - deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless; "This measure crippled our efforts"; "Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work"
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"


[ˈstʌltɪfaɪ] VTanular, aniquilar


vtlähmen; mind, personverkümmern or verdummen lassen; to become stultifiedverkümmern, verdummen


[ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪ] vt (frm) → istupidire
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