Paralysis

Pa*ral"y*sis

(?), n. [L., fr. Gr. para`lysis, fr. paraly`ein to loosen, dissolve, or disable at the side; para` beside + ly`ein to loosen. See Para-, and Loose, and cf. Palsy.] (Med.) Abolition of function, whether complete or partial; esp., the loss of the power of voluntary motion, with or without that of sensation, in any part of the body; palsy. See Hemiplegia, and Paraplegia. Also used figuratively; as, paralysis of the will. "Utter paralysis of memory." G. Eliot.
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Mischievous practices arising out of the paralysis of the powers of ownership.
Duke of Argyll (1887).
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