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Borrowed from Late Latin strictūra, from Latin strictus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɹɪkt͡ʃə(ɹ)/
  • enPR: strĭk'chər
  • Rhymes: -ɪktʃə(r)
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stricture (countable and uncountable, plural strictures)

  1. (usually in the 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.
  2. a general state of restrictiveness on behavior, action, or ideology
    I just couldn't take the stricture of that place a single day more.
  3. a sternly critical remark or review
  4. (medicine) abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body
  5. (obsolete) strictness
  6. (obsolete) a stroke; a glance; a touch
    • 1677, Matthew Hale, The Primitive Origination of Mankind, Considered and Examined According to the Light of Nature
      But whatever may be said of other matters , certainly the first draughts and strictures of Natural Religion and Morality are naturally in the Mind
  7. (linguistics) the degree of contact, in consonants

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  1. vocative masculine singular of strictūrus