Definitions

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  • v. To act decisively on the basis of information received or deduced.
  • v. To take action against something.
  • v. To affect something.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • “You must know,” Samuel Adams wrote, “that in humble imitation, as it would seem, of the example of the British Army, some of the Officers of ours have condescended to act on the Stage; which others, and one of Superior Rank, were pleased to countenance with their Presence.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Æquiprobabilists say that in this Decree there is a clear expression of the mind of Innocent XI about the morality of teaching that it is permissible to act on the less safe opinion when the safe opinion is certainly more probable.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Granting the stay the government wants would allow it to act on those discharges and also allow it to put recent applicants from gay enlistees in limbo, the group said.

    Court: 'don't ask, don't tell' will stay in place

  • Probabiliorism which held that it is not lawful to act on the less safe opinion unless it is more probable than the safe opinion.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Probabiliorism, because the only efficacious way of excluding reasonable danger of material sin is to act on the safe opinion so long as the less safe opinion is not morally certain.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • I mumbled about doing a bad thing and Kathy Sullivan read the riot act on behalf of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

    How to Rig an Election

  • There was no formal act on the part of the Holy See recognizing Dol as a new metropolitan church; it never had control over Rennes or Nantes, and it was mainly over the new Sees of St. Brieuc and Tréguier that it exercised ascendancy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • According to the teaching of Probabiliorists, it is unlawful to act on the less safe opinion unless it is also the more probable opinion.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In late years the system of Compensationism has arisen, which holds that a compensating reason proportionate to the gravity of the law and to the degree of probability in favour of the existence of the raw, is required in order that a person might lawfully act on the less safe opinion.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Hence Probabilists cannot consistently maintain that it is safe in practice to act on the less safe opinion which is also the less probable.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

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