Definition of TO STULTIFY


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; Fonbl. 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 Fonbl. Eq b. 1, c. 2, §1, note
1; 2 Str. R. 1104; 3 Camp. R. 125; 7 Dowl. & Ryl. 614; 3 C. & P. 30; 1
Hagg. C. R. 414.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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