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Procrustean

[ proh-kruhs-tee-uhn ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
  2. (often lowercase) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.


Procrustean

/ prəʊˈkrʌstɪən /

adjective

  1. tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Procrustean1

First recorded in 1640–50; Procruste(s) + -an
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Example Sentences

Then by a Procrustean process he packs the complex and irregular facts into his scheme.

We then proceed to apply the Procrustean bed principle with the very acme of sang froid.

Young limbs will not always adjust themselves to the Procrustean bed.

It is an error to suppose that beauty must be racked on a procrustean bed of formula.

To him the judicial office was a Procrustean one of fitting each case to the legal bed, if necessary by a surgical operation.

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