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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.
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]
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]
Past participle: stultified
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||stultify - cause to appear foolish; "He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"|
|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"