In this line they have gone on to describe or assign the mode of self-emptying which the Incarnation should imply.
Chief among these are the self-righting and self-emptying principles.
The Incarnation was a self-emptying of God to reveal himself under conditions of human nature, and from the human point of view.
To overcome this difficulty the self-emptying plan was devised.
Shall we not ask God to convict us, as to where lies the hindrance to this self-emptying?
So complete was the self-emptying, the humiliation, the obedience.
The whole operation of self-righting and self-emptying, from first to last, occupied only seventeen seconds!
The self-righting and self-emptying principles he seems not to have thought of; at all events he did not compass them.
She was a self-righting, self-emptying boat, belonging to the Lifeboat Institution.
The self-emptying principle is quite equal to the self-righting in importance.
c.1200, from Old English æmettig "at leisure, not occupied, unmarried," from æmetta "leisure," from æ "not" + -metta, from motan "to have" (see might (n.)). The -p- is a euphonic insertion.
Sense evolution from "at leisure" to "empty" is paralleled in several languages, e.g. Modern Greek adeios "empty," originally "freedom from fear," from deios "fear." "The adj. adeios must have been applied first to persons who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied" [Buck].
The adjective also yielded a verb (1520s), replacing Middle English empten, from Old English geæmtigian. Related: Emptied; emptying. Figurative sense of empty-nester first attested 1987. Empty-handed attested from 1610s.