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From Late Latin strictūra, from Latin strictus.



stricture ‎(plural strictures)

  1. (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.
  2. a sternly critical remark or review
  3. (medicine) abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body
  4. (obsolete) strictness
    A man of stricture and firm abstinence. — Shakespeare.
  5. (obsolete) a stroke; a glance; a touch
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir M. Hale to this entry?)
  6. (linguistics) the degree of contact, in consonants

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