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Ultimately from Latin astrictio. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


astriction (countable and uncountable, plural astrictions)

  1. The act of binding; restriction; obligation.
    • 1644, John Milton, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Book I, Ch. XIII.
      So of marriage he is the author and the witness; yet hence will not follow any divine astriction more than what is subordinate to the glory of God, and the main good of either party.
  2. (medicine) A contraction of parts by applications; the action of an astringent substance.
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  3. (obsolete) constipation
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  4. (obsolete) astringency
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  5. (law, Scotland, historical) An obligation to have the grain growing on certain lands ground at a certain mill, the owner paying a toll. (The lands were said to be astricted to the mill.)
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for astriction in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)