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stricture (plural strictures)
- (usually in plural) A rule restricting behaviour or action.
- For them, parity is less an ultimate goal than a transitory and permissive springboard for testing Western resolve and pursuing whatever additional accretions of strategic power the strictures of SALT and American tolerance will allow.
- A sternly critical remark or review.
- (medicine) Abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body.
- (obsolete) strictness
- A man of stricture and firm abstinence. — Shakespeare.
- (obsolete) A stroke; a glance; a touch.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir M. Hale to this entry?)