stricture

noun stric·ture \ ˈstrik-chər \

Definition of stricture

1 a :an abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage; also :the narrowed part
b :a constriction of the breath passage in the production of a speech sound
2 :something that closely restrains or limits :restriction
  • moral strictures
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

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Did You Know?

Stricture has meant many things through the centuries, and its "restriction" meaning—probably the most common one today—is actually the most recent. High-school teachers often put strictures on texting during class. Cities concerned about their murder rate have slapped strictures on the possession of handguns. And the United Nations may vote to put strictures on arms sales to a country that keeps violating international treaties. With the meaning "strong criticism", stricture is slightly old-fashioned today, but it's still used by intellectuals. So, for example, an article may amount to a harsh stricture on the whole medical profession, or an art review may just express the critic's strictures on sentimental paintings of cute little houses with glowing windows.

Origin and Etymology of stricture

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


STRICTURE Defined for English Language Learners

stricture

noun

Definition of stricture for English Language Learners

  • : a law or rule that limits or controls something

  • : a strong criticism


Medical Dictionary

stricture

noun stric·ture \ ˈstrik-chər \

medical Definition of stricture

: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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