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stricture

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noun stric·ture \ˈstrik-chər\

Simple Definition of stricture

  • : a law or rule that limits or controls something

  • : a strong criticism

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stricture

  1. 1a :  an abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage; also :  the narrowed partb :  a constriction of the breath passage in the production of a speech sound

  2. 2 :  something that closely restrains or limits :  restriction <moral strictures>

  3. 3 :  an adverse criticism :  censure

Examples of stricture in a sentence

  1. <the church's strictures on the morals and mores of contemporary society>

  2. <the new zoning strictures effectively make further development along the riverfront commercially unviable>



Origin and Etymology of stricture

Middle English, from Late Latin strictura, from Latin strictus, past participle


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with stricture


Medical Dictionary

stricture

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noun stric·ture \ˈstrik-chər\

Medical Definition of stricture

  1. :  an abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage (as from inflammation, cancer, or the formation of scar tissue) <esophageal stricture>; also :  the narrowed part





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