AskDefine | Define stricture

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1 abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway [syn: stenosis]
2 severe criticism

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  1. In the context of "usually in 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. Abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body.

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