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Definition of Procrustean adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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(of a system, a set of rules, etc.) treating all people or things as if they are the same, without considering individual differences and in a way that is too strict and unreasonable From the Greek story of Procrustes, a robber who forced people to lie on a bed and made them fit it by stretching their bodies or cutting off part of their legs.
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