|v. t.||1.||To make foolish; to make a fool of; |
|2.||To regard as a fool, or as foolish.|
|3.||(Law) To allege or prove to be of unsound mind, so that the performance of some act may be avoided.|
|Verb||1.||stultify - prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence; "nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself"|
|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"|
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.