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stricture (plural strictures)
- (chiefly 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.
- 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?)
- (linguistics) the degree of contact, in consonants