a. 1 (abbreviation of acting English) 2 (context grammar English) (abbreviation of active English) 3 (abbreviation of actual English) n. 1 (context plural English) (abbreviation of activities English) 2 (abbreviation of actor English) 3 (abbreviation of actuary English)
Usage examples of "act.".
Fugitive Slave Act. Fillmore, over the protest of the anti-slavery Whigs, signed the bill forcing the return of escaped slaves to their owners, which cost Fillmore the Whig nomination in 1852.
In order to see how in a state of nature they would act, when encountering a stone or other obstacle on the ground, short pieces of smoked glass, an inch in height, were stuck upright into the sand in front of two thin lateral branches.
Any one who will observe a flowerhead burying itself, will be convinced that the rocking movement, due to the continued circumnutation of the peduncle, plays an important part in the act. Considering that the flowerheads are very light, that the peduncles are long, thin, and flexible, and that they arise from flexible branches, it is incredible that an object as blunt as one of these flowerheads could penetrate the ground by means of the growing force of the peduncle, unless it were aided by the rocking movement.
I have taken from Leroux the germs of the doctrine I set forth on the solidarity of the race, and from Gioberti the doctrine I defend in relation to the creative act, which is, after all, simply that of the Credo and the first verse of Genesis.
The sovereignty of the individual survives the compact, and persists through all the acts of his agent, the government.
The people can be sovereign only in the sense in which they exist and act. The people are not God, whatever some theorists may pretend--are not independent, self-existent, and self-sufficing.
Society derives her own life from God, and exists and acts only as dependent on him.
It is the foundation of all law, and all acts of a state that contravene it are, as St.
All created things are dependent, have not their being in themselves, and are real only as they participate, through the creative act, of the Divine being.
In all created things, in all things not complete in themselves, in all save God, in whom there is no development possible, for He is, as say the schoolmen, most pure act, in whom there is no unactualized possibility, the same law holds good.
Development is always the resultant of two factors, the one the thing itself, the other some external force co-operating with it, exciting it, and aiding it to act. Hence the praemotio physica of the Thomists, and the praevenient and adjuvant grace of the theologians, without which no one can begin the Christian life, and which must needs be supernatural when the end is supernatural.
The natural law is law proper, and is reason only in the sense that reason includes both intellect and will, and nobody can pretend that nature in her spontaneous developments acts from intelligence and volition.
What is done by these second causes or creatures is done eminently by him, for they exist only by his creative act, and produce only by virtue of his active presence, or effective concurrence.
Having no conception of the creative act, they could have none of its immanence, or the active and efficacious presence of the Creator in all his works, even in the action of second causes themselves.
All creatures are joined to him by his creative act, and exist only as through that act they participate of his being.