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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-strikt]
    • /əˈstrɪkt/
    • /astrˈɪkʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-strikt]
    • /əˈstrɪkt/

Definitions of astriction word

  • verb with object astriction to bind fast; constrain. 1
  • verb with object astriction to bind morally or legally. 1
  • noun astriction The act of binding; restriction; obligation. 1
  • noun astriction (medicine) A contraction of parts by applications; the action of an astringent substance. 0
  • noun astriction (Obsolete (No longer in use)) constipation. 0
  • noun astriction (Obsolete (No longer in use)) astringency. 0

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Origin of astriction

First appearance:

before 1505
One of the 26% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Astriction


astriction popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for astriction

noun astriction

  • pressure — the exertion of force upon a surface by an object, fluid, etc., in contact with it: the pressure of earth against a wall.
  • stress — importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners. Synonyms: significance, meaning, emphasis, consequence; weight, value, worth.
  • strain — to draw tight or taut, especially to the utmost tension; stretch to the full: to strain a rope.
  • force — physical power or strength possessed by a living being: He used all his force in opening the window.
  • rigidity — stiff or unyielding; not pliant or flexible; hard: a rigid strip of metal.

Antonyms for astriction

noun astriction

  • relaxation — abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.
  • slack — not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope.
  • calmness — without rough motion; still or nearly still: a calm sea.
  • looseness — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
  • contentedness — satisfied; content.

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