We can make its impulses follow a rut, so to speak, but we cannot make them free and self-directing.
She is not recognized as a self-directing, responsible agent.
They assume the attitude of self-directing and self-responsible bodies.
The soul may be a mechanism, but it is a self-directing and self-executing mechanism.
There are always opaque facts as well as self-directing agents.
It teaches almost every infamy under the heavens for woman, and it does not recognize her as a self-directing, free human being.
late 14c., "to write (to someone), to address," from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to guide" (see regal). Cf. dress; address.
Meaning "to govern, regulate" is from c.1500; "to order, ordain" is from 1650s. Sense of "to write the destination on the outside of a letter" is from 16c. Of plays, films, etc., from 1913. Related: Directed; directing.
late 14c., from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight" (see direct (v.)).