Definition of stricture noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    stricture

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈstrɪktʃər//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1[usually plural] stricture (on somebody/something) a severe criticism, especially of someone's behavior She merely ignored any strictures on the way she dressed.
  2. 2stricture (against/on something) a rule or situation that restricts your behavior synonym restriction strictures against civil servants expressing political opinions
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