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- (usually in the plural) A rule restricting behaviour or action.
- 2013, Elaine Constantine; Gareth Sweeney, Northern Soul: An Illustrated History, Random House, →ISBN, page 12:
- For many young people throughout Britain in the 1970s, Northern Soul became a truly alternative lifestyle with the rites and values of the scene replacing many of the traditional strictures of society.
- A general state of restrictiveness on behavior, action, or ideology.
- I just couldn't take the stricture of that place a single day more.
- A sternly critical remark or review.
- (medicine) Abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body.
- (obsolete) Strictness.
- (obsolete) A stroke; a glance; a touch.
- a. 1677, Matthew Hale, The Primitive Origination of Mankind, Considered and Examined According to the Light of Nature, London: […] William Godbid, for William Shrowsbery, […], published 1677, OCLC 42005461:
- But whatever may be said of other matters , certainly the first draughts and strictures of Natural Religion and Morality are naturally in the Mind
- (linguistics) The degree of contact, in consonants.
rule restricting behaviour or action
sternly critical remark or review
(medicine) abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body
(linguistics) the degree of contact, in consonants