Definition of stricture in English:

stricture

Pronunciation /ˈstrik(t)SHər/ /ˈstrɪk(t)ʃər/

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noun

  • 1A restriction on a person or activity.

    ‘religious strictures on everyday life’
    • ‘Significantly, ministers are to impose new strictures on police and social workers.’
    • ‘You experience freedom from restrictions imposed by ideas and strictures.’
    • ‘In all four gospel traditions, Jesus consistently makes the first move to reach out to the marginalized, often transgressing contemporary social mores and religious strictures in the process.’
    • ‘You are released from restrictions and strictures that may have been binding for some time.’
    • ‘Both sides in this political ‘debate’ stress personal freedom for themselves while piously imposing strictures on others.’
    • ‘But the most frightening thing about the entire affair is that public figures like congressmen inserted themselves into the case in order to uphold religious strictures.’
    • ‘Those same strong students (one hopes) will ultimately supercede the strictures imposed in the educational studio, but at what cost?’
    • ‘The point is that Labour politicians see no reason to impose upon themselves the strictures against offensive language they demand be observed by others.’
    • ‘Composers such as Webern leapt on the concept and ran with it, going so far as to impose these same strictures on all aspects of music including rhythm.’
    • ‘Teachers often complain that it imposes too many strictures on them that force them to teach too much too fast.’
    • ‘Few local governors were Dissenters; but many were sympathetic to them and reluctant to impose the full strictures of the vindictive laws which Parliament went on to pass against their religious assemblies.’
    • ‘The statute essentially applies the strictures imposed by section 246 to deals involving foreign equities.’
    • ‘On stem-cell research, he stated that the strictures he imposed still gave scientists more than sixty usable lines of such cells, when they had only one.’
    • ‘Why impose such strictures on the whole of the market?’
    • ‘Muslims use much less silver because of strictures imposed by the Koran, which seems odd considering the lunar symbolism inherent in Islam.’
    • ‘By 1750 writers had begun to question the religious strictures laid down by men such as Samuel Moody.’
    • ‘Above these there is a vocal line so free and continuous that the strictures imposed by the repetition of the bass are scarcely felt.’
    • ‘It must be rooted in the most difficult strictures of the scriptures of the major religions and the deepest springs of the human heart.’
    • ‘In suburbs, one could make new friendships and associations without worrying about old social conventions and strictures and separations.’
    • ‘The same intellectual strictures confined Hunter's achievements.’
    constraint, restriction, limitation, control, restraint, straitjacket, curb, check, impediment, bar, barrier, obstacle
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  • 2A sternly critical or censorious remark or instruction.

    ‘his strictures on their lack of civic virtue’
    • ‘These tracts heed the critical strictures against both love and wit.’
    • ‘Understanding the historicity of Adorno's strictures and imperatives is an unavoidable task for critical theory and aesthetics today.’
    • ‘Such strictures may seem ironic coming from a historian whom some critics have seen as letting the landlords off lightly when it came to the abuse of their social and economic power.’
    • ‘Critics of both films offered strictures that suggest more than an awareness of this axiom.’
    • ‘Once again, my criticism of U.S. hegemony had to be tempered by a stricture on Japan's own insular nationalism.’
    • ‘There is a powerful and self-regulating national interest in observing the strictures of the Convention, because prisoners are taken by both sides of any conflict.’
    • ‘The element of political satire in his recent work eschews the strictures of the language police.’
    • ‘However, I am also convinced that my stricture about the hermeneutic circle is and must be self-referential.’
    criticism, censure, blame, condemnation, reproof, reproach, admonishment, disparagement, flak
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  • 3Medicine
    Abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body.

    ‘a colonic stricture’
    • ‘jaundice caused by bile duct stricture’
    • ‘At the time of referral, she was awaiting surgery for a colonic stricture resulting from a recurrence of carcinoma of the colon.’
    • ‘A clear distinction between the dysphagia of an inflammatory stricture and that of carcinoma is impossible on clinical grounds alone.’
    • ‘His past history was significant for chronic alcoholic pancreatitis with pancreatic duct strictures and stones which had been treated with dilation and stone extraction 4 years ago.’
    • ‘All patients should be evaluated for esophageal rings and strictures after the foreign body is removed.’
    • ‘Post inflammatory strictures most commonly develop in the colon, and are best demonstrated by barium enema.’
    narrowing, constriction, strangulation, tightness
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Origin

Late Middle English (in stricture (sense 3)): from Latin strictura, from stringere ‘draw tight’ (see strict). Another sense of the Latin verb, ‘touch lightly’, gave rise to stricture (sense 2) via an earlier meaning ‘incidental remark’.