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verb (used with object)
  1. to bind fast; constrain.
  2. to bind morally or legally.
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Origin of astrict

1505–15; < Latin astrīctus drawn together, bound, tightened (past participle of astringere), equivalent to a- a-5 + strig- (variant stem of stringere to draw) + -tus past participle suffix. See astringe
Related formsas·tric·tion, noun
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Related Words for astriction

pressure, stress, strain, force, rigidity, stiffness, balance, constriction, tautness, straining, tenseness, tensity, astriction

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Historical Examples of astriction

  • Astriction to the soil was at once the foundation and the symbol of that serfdom.

    Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber

    James Aitken Wylie

  • Astriction, as-trik′shun, n. a binding or contraction: restriction.

British Dictionary definitions for astriction


  1. (tr) archaic to bind, confine, or constrict
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Derived Formsastriction, nounastrictive, adjectiveastrictively, adverb

Word Origin for astrict

C16: from Latin astrictus drawn closely together, from astringere to lighten, from stringere to bind
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Word Origin and History for astriction


1560s, from Latin astrictionem (nominative astrictio), noun of action from past participle stem of astringere (see astringent).

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astriction in Medicine


  1. Astringent action.
  2. Compression to arrest hemorrhage.
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